Career Readiness Academy 2018

Below are brief summaries of lessons from each session. The Student Resource Page at the bottom contains links that were used in respective sessions.

East Detroit

The DEC and participating students would like to acknowledge the following CRA Sponsors







Session 1 Focus: Personal Brand

Students learned what a brand is and that they represent a brand – their own!   Factors contributing to a solid brand are authenticity, consistency, and alignment with one’s core values.  Success Skills were introduced in this session, which are a series of soft skills that every employer desires in a job candidate.

Session 2 Focus: LinkedIn Profiles

Students learn the importance of creating networks and connections on LinkedIn as they build their own profiles.

Session 3 Focus: Career Exploration

Students learned how to explore career paths, the breadth of careers and how to be mindful of how society and technology may impact future careers.

Session 4 Focus: Career Economics

Students were taught career economics which included education and training costs for careers, as well as income potential. They also participated in a personal budget exercise where they learned the impacts of choices on their budgets.

Session 5 Focus: Trade Skills

The DEC partnered with Junior Achievement to have students attend JA's Journey to Jobs career fair featuring companies from many industries.

Session 6 Focus: Sell Yourself

Students were taught basic interview skills and practiced their elevator pitches.

Session 7 Focus: Dining Etiquette

The DEC partnered with Linda Hagan, Professor of Marketing at Walsh College, to coach students on the art and proper etiquette of business dining. DTE Energy Chairman and CEO, Gerry Anderson, gave advice to the students on how to build off the skills that they have been learning throughout the CRA program.

Session 8 Focus: Networking & Professional Etiquette

Students visited one of their Young Leader Mentor's workplace and received tips on Networking and Professional Etiquette.

Session 9 Focus: CRA Graduation

The students utilized the skills they learned in CRA at a DEC luncheon by networking and delivering their elevator pitch to DEC Members.

Session 10 Focus: CRA Debrief

Students and CRA Mentors met one last time at their respective schools to have a debrief, fill out surveys, and discuss the next steps in staying connected.
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