Employers Partner to Provide Career Experiences and Real-World Learning

At YouthForce NOLA, “career-ready” is more than just a buzzword. Every one of our initiatives is directed at preparing New Orleans public school students to pursue rewarding career pathways and lead fulfilling lives.

Needless to say, our career experience programs wouldn’t be possible without collaboration from area employers. More than 100 companies within YouthForce NOLA’s target industry clusters are actively participating in our continuum of career experiences.

As a demand-driven career readiness model, we align our programming with the needs of industry. We’ve heard time and again from employers that they are seeking applicants with (1) job-specific skills, (2) soft skills, and (3) prior work experience.

By incorporating these requisites into a student’s K-12 school experience, we’re ensuring they are better positioned to bridge from high school to post-secondary and rewarding careers. Simply put, we’re making students aware of opportunities sooner and giving them the tools they need to pursue them earlier.

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From internships to job shadowing, career experiences prepare students for real world success. That’s why career exposure is a core component of what we do and why employers are such an important part of the equation.

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For example, Ochsner, one of Youth Force NOLA’s champion employers, partners on a variety of career experiences: hiring interns, exhibiting at the Career Expo, hosting students for site visits, participating on employer panels, hosting teacher externs, and helping assure our schools are offering the right healthcare credentials that are valued by industry.

One of our signature career exposure programs, our annual Career Expo, is March 20th. The interactive event helps sophomores at YouthForce partner schools navigate possible career pathways. Students have the opportunity to speak with industry professionals as well as representatives from area universities, and training providers.

We’re grateful to the employers who engage in our career exposure programming. To learn more about our readiness model and opportunities to participate, click here.

Jasmine Henderson