Pipeline Students Get Advice from NBA and Indeed.com Experts

Sell Your Passion: any company can train an inexperienced employee but there is no substitute for your passion for a job!

That advice for landing a first job was one of the many topics explored at a Career Pathways program at Medgar Evers College last week. MEC students and students from Brooklyn Pipeline high schools got a jumpstart on tools for career success during the event, co-sponsored by MEC, Indeed.com, and the National Basketball Association.

Students learned about resume development, job search methods, interview techniques and more. They heard professionals talk about their own career journeys. They even practiced a good business hand-shake – firm and served with a smile

“It gave me insights into what I want and how I want to get there,” said Daphne Adamson, a 16-year-old junior at Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology and the Creative Arts. It Takes A Village Academy and The Academy for College Preparation & Career Exploration were also represented

Using self-knowledge to negotiate the journey to a career was certainly one of the goals of the program. MEC President Rudolph F. Crew told students that his horizons expanded with every new job. At age 16, he was not even certain that he would attend college, he said, let alone become a college president.

“Today is a day we basically want you to open a door,” Dr. Crew told students.

In one session, three NBA employees who held positions in retail development, marketing and merchandising described their own methods for opening career doors. They talked about their education, networking, and overcoming obstacles. They advised looking for opportunities through schools, churches and job fairs.

“You don’t always know what opportunities are out there,” said Amber N. Scott, a coordinator in global retail development and global partnerships. She studied urban studies and communications in college and held internships before getting her dream job, she told the students.

“It’s great for young students who don’t believe in their gifts,” Amoz Lewi, 16, a junior at It Takes A Village Academy, said of the day-long program.

“I basically learned to follow my dreams,” his classmate Kyle Bethel, 16, said of his take-away from the sessions. “I learned don’t let obstacles stop me.”

“Today’s an excellent day in the Pipeline Program,” said Michael Seeling, a Brooklyn Pipeline co-director.

The Pipeline program is one of MEC’s proudest innovations - a “whole child, whole community” system that guides Central Brooklyn school students through a strong K-12 experience and into college, with high-quality opportunities to on-board into the professional world.

“There are opportunities beyond basketball,” added Shanna Van Ness, a Pipeline co-director. “The President said it best: the overall goal of today’s event is to allow our students to dream big.”

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