LPL Financial and JA Prepare High School Seniors for Career Success

LPL's Christine Masuda reviews skills that are in demand by employers with a Hoover student

LPL Financial and Junior Achievement partnered to bring the “JA Career Success” curriculum to 75 Hoover High School students for a one-day symposium hosted at National University.

The program allowed seniors to work closely and interact with LPL business professionals to explore fundamental elements of career success.  Students learned valuable skills to find their perfect job, including writing resumes, cover letters and interviewing techniques.

Students are excited to meet and interact with their team leader, LPL's Jackson Petry

“There is great energy in the room. Working with the LPL and JA professionals brings much need relevancy and impact to the students as they prepare to embark on their journey after high school. This make it real,” said Angie Hummel, director of the Sustainable Academy of Building & Engineering (SABE) at Hoover High.

Tsega Weldemariam is a senior at Hoover. She said she hopes the workshop will make her resume stand-out as she applies to colleges and universities to pursue a medical degree.

“I am grateful to LPL and Junior Achievement for giving me the opportunity to promote my personal brand and strengthens. I am applying to colleges and universities for medical school. It is very competitive so this is very helpful.”

LPL's Asenet Gamez, Brandon Zelones prepare students for what happens after high school.

The program highlighted four different areas of career success:

-Knowing your personal brand

-Learning what companies are hiring and where to look high-growth jobs

-Developing important soft skills, such as professional attire and looking someone in the eye

-Applying critical thinking skills and solving problems in real-life work scenarios

“This is an important time in my life. I want to get a good job. The educational workshop gives me the opportunity to work with real business professionals and learn what interviews skills, I may need to secure a great career,” said Michelle Lozano, a 17-year old student at Hoover High.

The workshop was designed to prepare seniors for what happens after high school. This comes at a time when 39 percent of U.S. employers recognize talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers, according to a Talent Shortage Survey, conducted by the Manpower Group in 2015.

The LPL culture is one that values these types of connections and the meaningful impact that is made for both employees and the community, said Sallie Larsen, LPL Chief Human Capital Officer, who hosted the symposium. "Our employees get the chance to give back in the communities where we work and live and the students get an enriching experience that creates greater opportunities for them as they pursue their goals. For me personally, it was such an honor to take part in this event."

LPL’s Sallie Larsen with Hoover student Michelle Lozano and JA’s Marla Black

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