Recently, four After School Matters teens from various programs took a trip to Google’s downtown Chicago office for the company’s High School Symposium event. The full-day enrichment program, designed specifically for high school seniors, provided our teens with valuable information as they transition into their college years. Sessions included guidance and helpful tips around professional development, building and leveraging networks and understanding how to manage personal brands.
“I found today to be exciting and really fun. It was experience I will never forget as I learned a lot about personal branding and positive psychology. I never thought about the difficulty of trying to ‘sell’ myself for jobs and colleges until today,” said Mindy, one of the participating After School Matters teens.
Throughout the day, Google employees led the group through a series of breakout sessions that encouraged teens to discover the personal qualities—such as values, strengths, skills and passions—that they will continue to develop as they begin their college experiences and professional lives. To top off the extraordinary day, our teens got an inside look at Google’s offices on a fun-filled tour…all in all, an experience they’ll never forget!