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

 

Upcoming Events

October 23
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Public Health
6:00 PM
Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Public Health
Oct 23
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an 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 rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important 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.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
October 24
Kenowa Hills High School College & Career Day
9:00 AM
Kenowa Hills High School, 3825 Hendershot Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544, USA
Kenowa Hills High School College & Career Day
Oct 24
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kenowa Hills High School, 3825 Hendershot Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Email Pamela Flint at pflint@khps.org and Diane Brewster at dbrewster@khps.org to secure your spot!
November 6
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Finance & Accounting
6:00 PM
Plante Moran, 634 Front Ave NW #400, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Finance & Accounting
Nov 6
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Plante Moran, 634 Front Ave NW #400, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an 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 rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important 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.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
December 4
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Architecture & Engineering
6:00 PM
Progressive AE, 1811 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Architecture & Engineering
Dec 4
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Progressive AE, 1811 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an 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 rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important 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.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options. This event has a video call. Join: https://meet.google.com/yvo-fsft-bch +1 513-783-1546 PIN: 226241998#
December 11
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
6:00 PM
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
Dec 11
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an 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 rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important 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.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.