High school seniors from across Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) are more knowledgeable about their postgraduation choices, thanks to the Junior Achievement CareerIgnite Employment and Entrepreneurship Fair.
On April 12, hundreds of students spoke with recruiters and representatives from about 40 central Indiana firms to learn about the various career opportunities, available entry-level positions, and employment pathways.
The event, held at Arsenal Technical High School, was designed to provide a pathway to success for all IPS graduating seniors who have identified “employment” as their postsecondary plan.
“CareerIgnite provides the essential opportunity for our students to connect with opportunities for their futures, allowing for a smoother transition to the next steps towards a fulfilling career that will allow students to pursue their dreams,” said Melody Coryell, IPS executive director of postsecondary readiness.
The fair, which was supported by EmployIndy, was the culmination of weeks of school-based curriculum, provided by Junior Achievement and taught by IPS staff, that was designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in today’s business world.
Participating students came to the career fair with a resume, a perfected elevator pitch, and the required soft skills necessary for modern success.
“Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all young people to own their future success,” said Jennifer Burk, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. “We are proud to partner with IPS, EmployIndy, and the business community to build students’ employability skills, connect them with business and industry professionals, and support these young people in their journey toward future success and self-sufficiency.”
Prior to attending the fair, students were required to research the participating companies.
“EmployIndy works diligently to prepare students for success in the 21st-century economy by providing career exploration, engagement and experience opportunities within in-demand industries across Marion County,” said Betsy Revell, vice president of talent solutions at EmployIndy. “Our organization is proud to support IPS and Junior Achievement with the CareerIgnite Employment and Entrepreneurship Fair as a way to expand postsecondary career options to seniors at IPS.”