Yesterday, IDEA hosted the first professional mixer for the Class of 2020 to help seniors build networking skills. Eighteen professionals shared their time for the event from 12:30-1:30 pm in the library. Seniors mingled and talked with professionals to learn about other careers and opportunities, practice skills such as making eye contact and giving a firm handshake, and exchange business cards.
"We were so proud of our seniors," said Heidi Simonsen, IDEA math teacher and member of IDEA's senior planning team. "The Class of 2020 did an amazing job networking and representing themselves and IDEA! The professionals who visited were fantastic. They complimented the seniors, were generous with their time and offered some great feedback. Several professionals emailed us afterward with shout-outs for certain seniors." Scholars will be sending follow-up emails to professionals who they met at the event.
IDEA's next career event will be our quarter two Schoolwide Career Expo on January 16 from 2pm-3:25pm.
If you're a professional or know someone in the community who would like to share their experience, contact Director of Career and Technical Education Andrea Zimmermann at firstname.lastname@example.org.