Tyler ISD students from the Career and Technology Center (CTC) and AVID programs recently attended the C4 Career Connections event sponsored by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. Approximately 150 juniors and seniors joined with other students from across the area to hear business professionals share experiences, challenges and successes in a variety of career fields.
“The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce always does a fantastic job providing opportunities for Tyler students to be exposed to careers and industries in our region, and connecting students with the professionals who can help them meet their college and career goals,” Sarah Jane Walker, CTC professional school counselor, said. “Our students learned valuable information and made some great connections through the C4 Career Connections event.”
Careers and industries represented included: audio/video technology, communications, art, business, education, engineering and architecture, health science, public safety and science and technology.
Junior Devlen Woods said that although he is planning for a career in engineering, he enjoyed listening to professionals from all of the industries represented and learning what they had to do to get to where they are today. “I also learned to trust in the process and everything will come together,” Devlen said.
Professionals discussed topics such as how to maximize success, how to stand out in a crowd, how to manage money, getting into college, resume writing and also conducted mock interviews.
Senior Lizbeth Martinez said listening and interacting with the business professionals was helpful. “I had to put myself out there. In the future, I will not be able to sit back and let things come to me,” she said. “If I talk with confidence, it will help me have the mindset of confidence so that I’m not so nervous.” Lizbeth plans to attend TJC to begin her career in dental hygiene.