HIGH SCHOOL VOCATION FAIR
10:00 AM -1:00 PM Saturday, February 1, 2020 (includes lunch)
(snow date February 8, 2020)
Immanuel Meeting House
No charge — Advance Registration Required (use the orange registration button below)
Immanuel high school students and other select Fairfax County high school students, and their parents/guardians, are invited to attend a fair designed to encourage conversations about making more informed vocation decisions.
There will be panel discussions in small groups focused on different 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/guardians will be encouraged to chat one-on-one with the panelists.
- the role of college, including selecting a major and extra-curricular activities;
- using internships, summer and other vacation jobs and after-school activities to learn;
- how to start learning about finances, incomes and living costs;
- opportunities in the public sector (government, nonprofits) vs. the private sector (consulting, big companies, startups); and
- soliciting and filtering guidance on vocation choices from friends, parents, teachers and other mentors.
Attendees can choose three panels to attend throughout the morning. Topics offered include:
Following the small group panel discussions, there will be a general discussion over lunch (by Potbelly).
Registration is open to any Fairfax County high school student and his or her parents/guardians. There is no charge for attendance or for lunch. Advance registration is required and will be on a first-come, first served basis. Immanuel high school students and their parents/guardians will be given first preference for registration if they register early.
DECEMBER 2019 — HIGH SCHOOL FORUM ON COLLEGE LIFE
High school students joined college students for an informal conversation over pizza about how college life is different from high school, what the social life is like, and how to navigate academics, new friends, dorm living, being away from home and the like.
14 Attended this dinner forum
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