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“Hopefully when I graduate I’ll land a dream job, which for me is a job that I can love to do every day” says Promise scholar, Charmaine Clarke. We all share this dream of finding a career we can be passionate about, that makes it a pleasure to go to work every day. The Pittsburgh Promise is partnering with companies and organizations throughout the region to help make that dream come true for all Pittsburgh Promise scholars. To help students connect their educational path to a career, The Promise hosts an annual Career Launch event that provides professional development, networking, and information about the region’s highest-growth job sectors and the opportunities they offer. Promise scholars get to make connections with the real world by attending panel discussions showcasing these job sectors and then spending time with employers to network and apply for internships and jobs. Promise scholars are given a unique pathway to connect with employers early in their college career and build relationships that may lead to jobs later. These companies are interested in hiring Promise scholars. The event also provides an opportunity to hone job search skills through activities like an Interview Workshop conducted by Development Dimensions International (DDI), a global leader in talent management. Using role play with feedback from DDI’s experts, Promise scholars learned how to respond to many of the toughest interview questions. Dozens of companies and hundreds of energized Promise scholars take advantage of this event. We asked some them to share a little bit about their experience: “I’m just starting my senior year at Seton Hill University and I’m hoping to find an internship this year, preferably in the marketing field. I want to find a “hands on” internship that equips me with valuable skills for my first job. I attended the Career Launch because it’s starting to become reality that soon I’ll be in the real world, paying bills, and paying student loans. I feel like the most valuable part of the Career Launch for me was meeting company representatives. I was surprised that I had some good conversations with companies that I wouldn’t have expected when I walked in. I took away from the day that it is so important to network; anyone you meet could be the person to give you your first real job! Hopefully when I graduate I’ll land a dream job. At the core, I just really hope to enjoy my job so that going to work every day will be fun and not a chore.” Charmaine Clarke CAPA, Seton Hill University Business Marketing and Human Relations

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WORKING HARD To Get Promise Scholars Working

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Some of the Pittsburgh region’s most vibrant companies made the Career Launch a success. We extend our deepest gratitude to: Aerotek American Eagle Outfitters Bayer BNY Mellon Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC City of Pittsburgh Development Dimensions International (DDI) Direct Energy Dollar Bank Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Education Management Corporation (EDMC) Enterprise Holdings Giant Eagle Highmark Kindred Healthcare Lanxess Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. PA State Police Pitt-Ohio Pittsburgh Public Schools PNC Financial Services Range Resources Thermo Fisher Scientific U.S. Steel Corporation UPMC WESCO West Penn Allegheny Health System OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO: Ann McGuinn, Event Chair for Career Launch James Court and Matt Collins, DDI Candi Castleberry-Singleton Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, UPMC Aradhna Malhotra Oliphant President & CEO, Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. Promise Alumni Panelists

IdeaPod Spring 2013  

The Pittsburgh Promise's Ideapod Magazine

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