Successful Interactive Speakers

Career speakers open students’ minds to opportunities they may never have considered, as well as inform them about educational and experiential requirements for your particular career field. You’ll enhance your company’s reputation by positioning yourself high in the minds of local teachers, students and parents, plus you will have a positive influence on the link between education and employment.

Suggestions for a Successful Interactive Classroom Speaker

  • Explain how you developed an interest in your career.

  • Describe your job responsibilities and what personality types fit well with your specific job.

  • Describe your workplace, work hours, and tools of your trade.

  • Share the advantages/challenges of your job.

  • List the qualifications or training skills necessary for your career.

  • Talk about the impact that technology has had on your career and how it will continue to impact the future.

  • Discuss the future growth of your profession. What will your job be like in ten years from now?

  • Stress the importance of education and training as a means to obtain goals.

  • Use as many personal anecdotes as possible. Students identify with stories.

  • Emphasize the importance of teamwork in today's business environment.

  • Discuss the importance of and strategies for problem solving.

  • Give examples of how the student may prepare now for their future careers.

Please provide an interactive activity related to your career for the students. If you would like assistance with developing and activity, feel free to contact your work-based learning coordinator.

Most schools have access to Microsoft Office and the Internet in case you would like to use your company website or do a PowerPoint presentation.

Contact Information

High School Career Connections

Work-Based Learning Coordinator

Erin Swancutt
319-296-2329 ext.2022
Email Erin Swancutt

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