Blurred Career Conference

Career Conference

The annual Kovler Foundation Larry Hawkins Career Conference for High School Students helps address questions today’s youth must answer as they navigate through their personal pathway towards a successful future.

What are they going to do after high school? What can they study in college? Most importantly, what do they want to do with their life? Finding the answers begins with choosing a satisfying career. It’s a big decision with many choices and much to consider.

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The Careers Conference For High School Students provides opportunities for students to learn about trends in hiring, skills employers look for in new employees, new and emerging professional fields, and careers in general. This event helps students develop a plan to guide them in selecting and pursuing a career that fits their unique combination of passion, skills, and values. Sponsoring the event provides an opportunity to support Chicago’s youth beyond college admissions.

The conference emphasizes traditional and non-traditional career options and showcases companies, industries, their employment needs, highlighting the skills students need to acquire in order to prepare them for an array of potential careers. Unlike many conferences, this conference provides practical information for high school students that they can put to use. This is truly a conference for youth.

When asked what they most appreciated about the Careers Conference, past participants say that it is the diversity of the conference sessions and the opportunity to talk with experienced professionals from these fields that are the highlights of the conference.

 

Panelists

Architecture

Want to explore architecture? This workshop introduces the field, basic drawing views, the design process, and programming.

Workshop participants engage in a design exercise that introduces the problem of thinking about spaces within a high school environment and what would make them most successful. Group discussion focuses on the process, approaches, and concepts in designing high school spaces like the classroom, lunch room, entry, and bus stop. Working in small groups, students select a space to design and create plans and drawings to explain student-designed concepts.

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Business and Finance

Thinking about business and finance as possible careers? This workshop may give you the jumpstart you need to achieve your dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur! Learn about career pathways and work in teams to develop a business plan, including creating and presenting an idea, marketing, identification of customers, and developing marketing strategies.

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Construction/Trades

Meet representatives from one of the largest labor-management member organizations in the country. CISCO promotes the union construction industry as well as encourages the next generation of men and women to consider the building trades as a career option.

This session is co-hosted by representatives from the Symbol Training Institute, an advanced manufacturing school that helps companies improve their current workforce and helps educate and train beginners in manufacturing. The company has evolved from just a tool-and-die shop to the largest manufacturing training school in the Chicago area.

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Culinary/Hospitality

Join a team from the Washburne Culinary and Hospitality Institute at Kennedy-King College and the College of DuPage to talk about careers in the food and hospitality industry. The session will also include hands-on cooking demonstrations and participant focused activities.

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Education

Learn about education career pathways from high school to higher education. Participants can ask questions, listen to job descriptions, hear about professional responsibilities, a typical day in a variety of professional roles, and the college and professional training that leads to success.

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Engineering/Data Science

For students who dream of coding and the scientific process to build new machines, equipment, and other gadgets, a multi-disciplinary field of professionals will share how they developed and use their skills to solve technical problems.

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Law and Justice

Want to work for the FBI, state police or law enforcement agencies? Are you interested in the prosecution or defense of clients or serving as a judge in the management and administration of the trial process?

Unlike what is often depicted on television and movie screens, all law enforcement employees are not investigating agents. Each law enforcement case requires a team of players with a unique skillset. Walk through the process of a case - from receiving the first phone call summoning agents to the crime scene all the way to the final arrest.

In part one of this two-part session, students learn about the evidence collection process, meet a variety of law enforcement personnel who discuss their roles and contributions to an investigation, and hear about employment requirements. In the afternoon, students visit the University of Chicago Law School and meet in its 150 seat courtroom to hear an overview and have the opportunity to ask questions about law school and the admissions process. The event ends with current law school students providing a tour of the school.

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Medicine and Healthcare

Students interested in exploring medical careers spend a full-day interacting with medical student, a variety of professionals in nursing, and Emergency Room Technicians. Participants will be oriented to the medical campus during a medical careers panel discussion that includes information about career requirements and the skills that must be developed to become nurses, physicians, paramedics, and a variety of medical technicians.

Other Clinical Skills experiences will include learning how to take blood pressures and recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke.

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Social Services | Government

Social service professionals work in a variety of settings providing direct support and social assistance for individuals, families, and communities. Working for the federal, state or local government, provides opportunities to improve your country and society in small and major ways. There are millions of federal and state civilian jobs in a variety of settings. In this interactive workshop, participants work in small groups to explore the importance of collaboration, planning and the application of analytical skills.

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Science/Research

You know about DNA, but did you know that there is strawberry DNA? Come learn how to extract, isolate, and observe the DNA of a strawberry while you also learn about career options in science and research.

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Technology

The focus is on strategy, technology, and transformation. Come join these innovative professionals to participate in hands-on activities where participants learn the basic skills they will need to enter the tech industry.

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Performing Arts

The University of Chicago Presents is Chicago's pre-eminent presenter of the world's greatest musical artists, in a variety of genres and beautiful venues. Join two members of the staff as they talk about their experiences as artists on the stage, and coordinators behind the scenes.

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Project Osmosis: Art/Design

Project Osmosis creates programs that identify, develop, and support young people with skills in the applied arts. During this day-long program, participants will implement a hands-on activity to help them conceive, plan, and present an innovative design idea.

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Keynote Speakers
Lower res Brenda Williams - OSP-CP Conference
Brenda J. Williams Director, Career Experiences at DePaul University, Chicago

Ms. Williams currently provides oversight at DePaul University for the Career Center teams that manage Student Employment, Employer Engagement, the EDGE Program and the Alumni Sharing Knowledge Program. Leads each team to plan and implement strategies, goals, and tactics for engaging students in opportunities that allow them to explore career options through on-campus and off-campus jobs, internships, shadowing, mentoring, and networking.

Mrs. Williams received a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s degree in Human Services and Counseling from DePaul University.

Registration for the 2019 Career Conference has now ended. Please check back at a later date for more information about the 2020 Career Conference.

Past and present donors
Argonne Lab
Fermilab