On Sunday May 31, 2009, The Harlem Education Guild held its First Annual Career Fair at the Frederick Douglass Academy. Students from the school and the community were introduced to professionals from various backgrounds.
Dr. Gregory Hodge, Principal of Frederick Douglass Academy, opened up the morning long program by welcoming the students and professionals. The microphone was soon turned over to the keynote speaker of the day: City College graduate Dr. Cliff Jernigan, Associate Dean of the School of Communication of Hofstra University. Students then broke into small groups based on their career of interests.
Having a large number of professionals volunteer their time to share their experiences with the students, helped create an environment where the students were really engaged. Harlemite Elroy, who is on the brink of completing his
bachelor’s degree, had some one on one time with Yvette Searcy, manager in sales at Kensington Books. One of the points Yvette stressed, was the importance of being diligent about using the huge amount of free information available online when doing career oriented research.
The Harlem Education Guild’s First Annual Career Fair proved to be a success, with over 100 professtionals covering a plethora of careers which included Edcuation, Law and Business. After the program, one student said, “I’ve become more aware of what I need to become more successful.”