Fall 2015| Posse New Orleans Quarterly

  

Scholars, Alum Prepare for Career Success

This summer, Posse Scholars and alumni participated in a series of workshops to help prepare them for career success after graduation. Each workshop allowed participants to build job-seeking skills, reflect on their career aspirations, and network with professionals from a wide range of career backgrounds.

The first workshop, “How to be a Stand-Out Intern,” was hosted in June at Jones Walker LLP. Speakers from Entergy, the Louisiana Public Health Institute, and Tulane University Career Services shared advice with Scholars on how to have a successful internship. Bard College Scholar Angie Del Arca also offered her perspective.

The second workshop, hosted by Ochsner Health System, focused on graduate school and post-graduate fellowships. The July event, which featured two Fulbright alumni, provided Scholars and alumni with insight into a selection committee’s process for evaluating fellowship applicants.

Also in July, Posse held a three-part workshop, “Transferable Skills,” to provide Scholars the chance to connect their own skills with those listed in real job descriptions. In addition, Scholars practiced their personal “elevator pitch” and honed their skills in mock interviews. Representatives from the Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA program, the University of New Orleans, IberiaBank, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office, and Greater New Orleans Inc. shared tips and techniques for how best to prepare for job interviews.

The successful summer career programming concluded at the Internship Celebration. Scholars reflected on their career goals while networking with their employers, members of the Posse New Orleans Advisory Board, and special guest Don Vinci, the senior vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer of Entergy.

Posse New Orleans is grateful to its partner companies and volunteers for their significant investment in the professional development of Posse Scholars and alumni. 

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