You can start with recruiting speakers from your own school. Our first Career Café speaker was an art teacher at my school. Your own school is a great resource to pull from because there are so many different jobs in a school including:
- Administrative Professional
- Art Teacher
- Physical Education Teacher
- Technology Teacher
- Music Teacher
- IT Specialist
- Speech Language Pathologist
- School Psychologist
- Occupational Therapist
- Social Worker
- and don't forget School Counselor!
Think outside the box and look at the resources available in your community. I have had speakers from the following locations:
- Art Teacher
- Bank branch manager from a local bank
- Chef from a local grocery store
- Worker from the local Humane Society
- Basketball coach and Student Athletes from a local university
- Lawyer/Law Professor from a local university
- News Anchor from a local TV station
- Detective from the City Police
- Marketing Specialist from a local Grief/Loss Center
- Performance and Visual Art High School Program
- Culinary Arts Program County Technical School
- Cosmetology Program County Technical School
- Veterinary Assistant Program County Technical School
- US Marine
The sky is the limit for recruiting speakers! Here are some more suggestions below. I am sure you have some great ideas so please share them in the comment section! :)
- Doctor's office
- Funeral Home
- Fire Station
- Post Office
- Grocery Store
- Local Sports Teams (Pro or Semi-Pro)
- Local CareerLink or Career Service Agency
- Local specialty businesses
- and many many more!
Inviting Speakers to Participate
Feel free to make a copy of this document and edit it to meet your needs!
I do not have a set agenda for speakers but I ask them to talk about the following:
- How did you become interested in your current field?
- What education/training did you need for your current position?
- Describe a typical day at your job?
- What advice do you have for students considering a job in your field?
Speakers are encouraged to bring props, actual items they use in their job, and/or giveaways with their companies logo. The last 5 minutes I reserve for student questions. I ask students if they have any questions related to the individual's career journey or education.
How do you recruit Career Café Speakers at your school? What questions do you ask Career Café speakers? How do you prepare them?
This post is the fourth post in a series of how to host a Career Café at your school.
Career Café: Location, Location, Location!
Career Café: Setting a Schedule
Career Café: Career Interest Resources Elementary, Middle, and High School
Career Café: Recruiting Speakers
Career Café: Inviting Students
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