5 Year-Long Career Workshop Programs Have Started!
By Nora Georgieva - Project Volunteer
Volunteer presenting her career choice to students
Dear friend, The start of the school year in Bulgaria this September meant that we were ready to start with our career workshop programs for students in underprivileged communities. In the past three months, we held 10 workshops for 100 high-school students between 8 and 12 grade (from freshman to senior year) in 3 schools with the help of 22 volunteers.
Each workshop comprises of several guest-speakers, volunteers from our partnering companies, who present their career path to the students and share how they got where they are in life. Our goal is to present the vast array of opportunities that each of these students has before them and expand their horizons, often limited by a narrow social circle, lack of information and inadequate career counseling at school. We work with the same 100 students throughout the academic year through regular monthly meetings. In this way, we make sure we expose our participating students to a large enough group of professionals and careers so that each one discovers something of value and interest to him/her.
To make the workshops as effective as possible, we do a preliminary survey among the students with the goal of understanding what their current professional aspirations are. We also ask about their attitude toward continuing their education and their hobbies and strengths. In this process, we observed low motivation for continuing education and that it is difficult for them to identify and talk about their strengths - a finding that inspired us to include self-assessment topics in the presentations of our volunteer speakers.
On the volunteer side, our tireless workshop coordinator Asya reached out to 67 companies, inviting them to present our workshops as a volunteer opportunity to their employees. We are working on building a solid network of support that will ensure the longevity of the career workshops initiative.
All of us are very excited to continue supporting high school students in the new academic year through offering them a richer vision for their future where there are many worthy opportunities. This is all thanks to you!
Have a wonderful holiday season and a successful start of the new decade, The Step for Bulgaria Foundation Team
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