Partnership will help high school seniors make career choices

October 06, 1992|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

Students at three Howard County high schools can develop job-hunting skills through a new program with a Philadelphia-based human resources consulting firm.

Starting next month, students in Maryland's Tomorrow program at Atholton, Hammond and Howard high schools will work with Right Associates, which specializes in career transition and career management.

Wilde Lake High School may offer the program next year.

Maryland's Tomorrow is a statewide program designed to boost students' interest in high school academics. The partnership will help give students direction, organizers say.

"Lots of folks don't know what they want to do," said Linda Burton, client services consultant with Right Associates. "We're going to capitalize on where they have interests and capabilities."

Ms. Burton and other staff members from Right Associates will help students develop career interests, visit job sites, learn how to prepare resumes, and learn interviewing skills once a month. The program also will help students choose between two-year and four-year colleges.

Students will interview each other, and may be videotaped, said Ms. Burton. The job sites will depend on students' interests, she said.

For example, if a student expresses interest in the hotel-hospitality industry, a visit to a local hotel would be appropriate, Ms. Burton said.

The program will focus on seniors for the first two months, said Bryan Rawlings, youth coordinator of the Howard County Office of Employment and Training. Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen will be incorporated into the program in January, he said.

Jack Coonts, 17, said the program will especially help those high school students who have questions about college.

"It'll help all the kids," said Jack, a senior at Atholton High School, who has been involved in Maryland's Tomorrow since ninth grade. "They're itchy, they have a lot of questions, and they don't know who to talk to."

Right Associates, which has offices in Baltimore and Virginia, established the partnership Sept. 22 with the county schools' Maryland's Tomorrow program.

Although Right Associates will not place students in jobs, the firm will invite Howard County businesses to advise students about job qualifications, Ms. Burton said.

The partnership begins Oct. 23 at Howard Community College, where students will explore the campus and learn how to sign up for classes.

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