High School Vocation Fair, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1125 Saville Ln, Mclean VA 22101 (Advanced Registration Required)
Immanuel high school students and their parents, and select other Fairfax County high school students and their parents, will be invited to attend a vocation fair to encourage conversations about how young people can make informed decisions about their vocations.
The agenda will include panel discussions in small groups focused on particular topics, led by adults who will share reflections on the paths they’ve travelled and the lessons they’ve learned. After each panel discussion, students and their parents will be encouraged to chat one-on-one with the panelists.
Attendees can choose which panels they’d like to attend. Topics being considered for discussion include:
- How vocation choices can be affected by friends, parents, teachers and other mentors;
- The role of college activities, including selection of majors and picking extra- curricular activities;
- How to use internships, summer and other vacation jobs and after- school activities to learn;
- Resources available to high school students to help think about vocation;
- What working in government, non-profits, schools, big companies and start- ups is really like;
- how to start learning about finances, incomes and living costs; and
- How your first few Jobs can affect your future life choices
The fair will conclude with a lunch and a presentation by a public figure known to high school students on what and who affected his/her vocation choices.
JUNE 2019 – FINANCIAL LITERACY FORUM AND DINNER FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS
We brought together spirit- and stewardship-based themes with practical conversations about money. Jesus talked about money all the time, and so did we!
We started by playing the Game of Life (fun edition), and then enjoyed a dramatic reading from Pastor Katie and Billy Kluttz on stewardship and perspectives on how we use our resources. After that we split into small groups to discuss budgeting; school debt and cost of living, including rent, mortgages, child-rearing and child care; and, saving for graduate school and retirement (yes, retirement!). Our discussion leaders were Lauren Fox, Helen Payne and Lynley Ogilvie. The topics were selected based on a survey monkey we sent to participants ahead of time.
15 attended this dinner and forum
February 2019 – Vocation Forum
This forum was for High School students, young adults and all Immanuelites, regardless of age. We focused on this question: What am I called to do with my life? We weren’t looking for anyone to have answers, but we used the discussion to start asking more good questions.
The conversation was started by discussion leaders representing different generations whose employers included the Cleveland Indians, Headfirst Sports Programs, the White House, the US Congress and nonprofit organizations.
47 Attended this dinner forum on Vocation Sunday
MARCH 2018 — DESIGNING YOUR FUTURE: DO YOU DARE TO TRY TO MAKE YOUR CAREER AMAZING, EXCITING AND FUN?
Young adults were invited to a forum and dinner that reflected on these questions: Are you a young adult in the early stages of your career? Are you in college or grad school and wondering what’s next? Do you lie awake at night, tossing and turning, anxious about such questions as: “Can my work life be amazing and exciting? Can I really get paid to do what makes me happy? Can I ever earn enough money to move out of my parent’s basement/that little apartment?”
Attendees worked on a “marshmallow challenge” (see the picture above) and engaged in a career design exercise to help think about their futures productively.
24 Attended this evening dinner and forum
NOVEMBER 2017 — “FRIENDSGIVING” LUNCH
College students were invited to a “friendsgiving” lunch and round-table discussion on the Friday after Thanksgiving about career choices and related topics. Four young adults (post-college through early 30s) joined the group to describe their experiences in the working world, how they found their jobs, what they enjoy, and what they hope to do in the future. The conversation was inspired. The college students and young adults shared many wonderful and thoughtful reflections about their journeys.
12 Attended this lunch