On Jan 30, 2019, Mountain View and Los Altos High School held their annual mock career fair for around 150 junior and senior students in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Development) program. Three volunteers representing Women In Bio participated in the event.
The AVID program aims to serve highly motivated, under-resourced students, many of whom are immigrants or would be the first generation in their families to go to college. The program provides exposure to students, who don't have the means otherwise, to see the scope and variety of diversity, skill sets, educational pathways and mindsets needed for today's jobs.
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Prior to the event, the students learned how to prepare resumes and research the companies with help from the teachers. At the career fair, the students were expected to act professional, present their interests and goals, as well as ask the recruiters relevant questions, just like a real career fair. The volunteers, in turn, acted as recruiters and gave students feedback on their resume and advice on their goals. The students were then introduced to various types of jobs from ten different organizations, including biotech jobs represented by WIB volunteers. The professionals were impressed by the students’ accomplishment, enthusiasm, and dedication to their goals. The event was a great success that helped the students to practice talking to professionals and prepare for future interviews.
“Through this experience, I learned the importance of eye contact and body language and how those little things can make a huge impact on one's first impression. This was an amazing opportunity to talk to professionals in various workforces that will help me with my future interviews and elevator pitches. Each individual had a unique personality and way of communicating that was very welcoming and helped to create a comfortable environment. Thank you!”