Tips on Working with Students

Show, don’t tell – teens love hands-on, tangible activities that allow them to get up and move, think, communicate and share their ideas.

As adults, we sometimes forget the pressure many teens feel in making major decisions about their future. In fact, if it's been a while since you were in high school,  you could probably use a refresher on how teenagers roll. So here you go, a few ideas to support your career mentoring efforts. Thanks for making a difference in their lives!

Top Tips on Interacting with high school students

  • Teens think of themselves as adults and want you to treat them that way. 
  • Actively ask teens' opinions
  • When engaging with teenagers, they may appear disinterested or slow to respond. This is often masking the desire to not appear foolish in front of their peers. Each student still wants to be noticed and appreciated.
  • This age group needs to have fun.
  • Students will respond to your enthusiasm, respect and encouragement.
  • Nothing is more important to the student than knowing that you authentically care about their future. Students will know that you took the time and energy to prepare for this day and that you volunteered to do so.
  • Wear your business attire; look like an “expert.”
  • Smile, shake hands (if appropriate), and maintain eye contact.
  • Give your name, and ask each student his or her name.
  • Be yourself.
  • Talk about your early aspirations, as well as your current job and how you obtained it.
  • Taylor the conversation to meet the needs of the students. Use language, examples, and analogies that students can understand, but don’t talk down to them.
  • Avoid any use of gender, racial, or ethnic stereotypes.
  • Wait at least 5 seconds for an answer after asking a question.
  • Use as many open-ended questions as possible.
  • Don’t answer your own questions, and avoid criticizing or rejecting wrong answers from students
  • Students are inquisitive to the extent that the subject matter has immediate personal application and they want to know all about it now.

    Source: adapted from Junior Achievement materials

 

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November 18
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Nov 18
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.
November 21
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
6:00 PM
Custer Inc - 217 Grandville Ave SW #100
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
Nov 21
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Custer Inc - 217 Grandville Ave SW #100
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .
Talk & Tour Career Series: Public Health
6:00 PM
Kent County Health Department-- 700 Fuller Ave NE
Talk & Tour Career Series: Public Health
Nov 21
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Kent County Health Department-- 700 Fuller Ave NE
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .
November 23
Life Skills Survival Guide @ Grand Rapids Public Library
3:00 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Life Skills Survival Guide @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Nov 23
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

This six week crash course willintroduce high school students in 9th – 12th grade toskills that will be critical after school and in college. Each session willinclude a short presentation and activities to put their skills to work. Snacksand Ride to Read passes will be available.

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· Thursday,November 2, 2017 – What Your Library Has to Offer: GRPL Databases

· Thursday,November 9, 2017 – Telling Your story: The College Essay

· Thursday,November 16, 2017 – You Are Your Brand: Digital Citizenship for FutureProfessionals

· Thursday,November 30, 2017 – What is a Research Question?

· Thursday,December 7, 2017 – Credit Where It's Due: Plagiarism and Copyright

· Thursday,December 14, 2017 – True or False: Making Sense of the Media and Other Sourcesof News

November 25
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Nov 25
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.