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Berkeley Lab Staff Offer Career Advice to Kennedy High School Students

March 22, 2012

Contact: Jon Bashor, Jbashor@lbl.gov, 510-486-5849

Top Left: Recruiter Jeff Todd talks about career and internship opportunities at Berkeley Lab.
Bottom Left: Human Resources Center Manager Rachel Carl talks about resume writing and interviews.
Top Right: Jon Bashor encourages students to identify people in their "circle of support"
Bottom Right: Linda Vu talks to students.
(Photos by Margie Wylie)

Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Communications staffers Jon Bashor, Margie Wylie and Linda Vu joined Rachel Carl and Jeff Todd of Berkeley Lab Human Resources in a presentation on finding rewarding jobs to juniors and seniors at Kennedy High School in Richmond on Wednesday, March 21.

The session drew more than 80 students from the school's IT Academy and stemmed from a summer outreach program organized by Computing Sciences Communications staff two summers ago, and a similar presentation to Kennedy High School students about a year ago. Among the topics covered were where to look for jobs, who to call on for help, dressing for success, likely interview questions, and a "circle of support" exercise to identify people, organizations, and other support resources. At the end, a handful of students stayed afterwards to ask questions about opportunities at the Lab.

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