Do you remember your high school career day? I do.There was this guy in the auditorium giving a speech about something, and then there were these guys in uniforms talking about something else and then my friends wanted me to leave and go do this other thing. Well, at least that’s how I remember it. High school was certainly a blur, but those huge student-body assemblies were almost pointless as the topics often seemed irrelevant and impersonal at best. I know that at least fifty percent of my classmates, me included, were more concerned with getting the attention of a friend sitting ten rows away than listening to the speaker at the podium.
So, why is it that career fairs in college are so much more stimulating and interactive with numerous company representatives, individual attention and, of course, swag? Obviously, there is a level of recruiting at the college level geared toward graduating seniors entering the workforce, but there must be at least some value to reaching kids earlier than college. It works for athletic programs, why not academics?
Thankfully, our local Liberty High School was able to recognize the disconnect between assembly-style career fairs and the generally short attention span of high school students. In an effort to create a more engaging environment for their students, the LHS faculty and staff requested the presence of local businesses and community organizations at their recent career fair. Since Sealevel has a long-standing relationship with LHS and several of our employees are graduates from the school, we were more than happy to attend. In fact, there were a surprising number of local company representatives in attendance offering students the necessary variety required to peak their interest levels.
The students were dismissed from classes by grade levels for thirty-minute sessions and allowed to visit the various company displays, speak with representatives, ask questions, gather literature and collect swag. At the Sealevel booth, we handed out one-page flyers with a short description of our company, and we gave away t-shirts and pens with our company logo on them. Obviously, our swag made us a big hit with the students, but there was also lots of interest in learning more about Sealevel and what goes on there. Overall, I thought the event was successful and beneficial to both the students and the community businesses/organizations. Who knows, we may have just discovered the Lebron James of engineering for Sealevel before he/she even graduates high school.