BOTKINS — Approximately 30 high school seniors, from seven Sidney/Shelby County school districts, had the opportunity to network with local employers and education organizations on March 5, 2021. The Power Lunch, held this year at The Palazzo in Botkins, is an annual event coordinated by Workforce Partnership of Shelby County and co-sponsored by Hometown Opportunity.
Marking the third year for the event, there were 15 local companies and two adult training/education organizations who gathered to meet with seniors intending to directly enter the workforce upon graduation. The meetings showcased local companies and their employment opportunities, as well as practical career guidance.
The students in attendance received advice on resume preparation and the interview process, plus many had their first experience with networking. The company representatives were educational, enthusiastic and encouraging. These discussions will lead into job shadowing activity, interviews, and —the end goal— employment.
Upon asking the students to evaluate the event, one student stated the best advice he received from one HR representative was, “Anyone here would hire you. And honestly, your potential is higher than you see.”
To learn more about Workforce Partnership and our mission in Shelby County, visit www.workforcepartner.com.