Career Skill Building
Students are aided in identifying personal characteristics, interests, aptitude and skills through Kauffman Scholars sponsored workshops and advising sessions. The REAL Talk Career Development Series trains students in resume and cover letter writing, networking, interview best practices, and more. For a more focused approach, students are encouraged to schedule one-on-one career coaching with our Career and Alumni Coordinator. General skill building is also practiced as needed between coach and student during monthly meetings.
Students commit to a diversity of career experiences that help define career goals. Opportunities for career application begin with job shadow experiences such as summer career tours with community partners. Internships such as StartupScholars play a large role in career application, as students are hired to work with local entrepreneurs for exclusive positions throughout Kansas City. For each career application, students reflect on experience during coaching sessions, and are guided towards further exploration.
REAL Talk Overview
The purpose of REAL Talk is to provide students with exposure and readiness related to workplace skills. Students will increase their knowledge and ability to demonstrate professionalism and competency in a workplace environment.
Each REAL Talk workshop aims to:
- Help students identify career-path interests and develop relevant skill sets (e.g.professionalism, oral and written communication)
- Attain business ethics, professional image and personal branding skills (maintain positive social media presence, professional dress)
- Expose students to authentic and contextualized workplace environments
- Clarify the role of career planning with postsecondary pathway selection
- Provide tutelage in interviewing skills crucial to securing coveted employment opportunities
REAL Talk workshops are voluntary programs open to all active KSI students and alumni. Each workshop is presented at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation from 9:30am until 12 noon.
Kauffman Scholars' career planning opportunities aim to connect the relationship between school performance and future career plans. The Career ERA newsletter, published quarterly, equips students with resources and action steps for seeking career planning opportunities. General planning is discussed between student and coach on an ongoing basis.
Please refer to our Community Partners page for additional information on organizations that can help you make better-informed decisions about your future!