Welcome to Career ConneXions!
Welcome to year 4 of the Career ConneXions program. Our goal of deepening a students' understanding and learning through hands-on experiences and 'live' interactions is as important as ever. Our program vision is to connect students with Alumni and parents in various professional fields as a means of discerning their passion and area of focus for college degrees and ultimately career choice. We believe this program comes at a critical time in our students' journey to discover their life's mission with the benefit of learning from those who have experience and wisdom to share. Make sure to check out all of our new programs below (many are virtual now) including the new Masterclass program.
The Masterclass program was created as a supplement to our in-person education series and is available on our YouTube channel so it can be watched on-demand at any time. Each Masterclass is taught by an industry professional with real-world experience, and the classes are designed to teach practical skills that can be applied to any career path. Some examples of topics include resume writing, leadership skills, and interview tips, though there are many other topics that will be added. Be sure to check out the Masterclass videos below, and more videos will be added frequently, so subscribe to our YouTube channel to never miss an update.
Don't see a topic that you want, want to leave us feedback to better the program, or want to opt-in for an update when a new Masterclass comes out? Click on the form below for all those needs!
The St. Xavier High School experiential learning program (aka Career ConneXions) was started 3 years ago and is back again with the goal of deepening a students' understanding and learning through hands-on experiences and 'live' interactions. Our program vision is to connect Alumni and Parents with St. Xavier Students to contribute in their journey as Men for Others by inspiring and educating on fields of study, industry and career planning.We believe this program comes at a critical time in our students' journey to discover their life's mission with the benefit of learning from those who have experience and wisdom to share.
We typically offer an educational class or a speaker event monthly during flex (the lunch free period). We offer Informational Interviewing, Mentoring/Coaching, and Job Shadow Day Experiences throughout the school year. We use the school calendar to take advantage of 'off' days for job shadows. Summer internship opportunities will target Summer 2021. Each event will be well publicized through existing communication channels at school (homeroom announcements, social media, website) and through email (e.g. Principal's Weekly). We also have a REMIND system that parents and students can opt into. Parents can sign in by texting @ccxparent to 81010 and Students can sign in by texting @ccxstudent to 81010.
For Adult Volunteers: 100% of our programming is made possible through adult volunteers. We would like to encourage participation by seeking your input on where you (and/or your company) can get involved. As stated, there are a variety of ways to be involved, from a simple skype session, informational phone call, shadow day, up to and including a sponsored and paid summer internship. Click here to see a description of the opportunities and to let us know where you and your company can have an impact. As Men and Women for Others, we thank you in advance for playing a vital role in shaping our next generation of St. Xavier leaders.
For St. X Students: This program has so much to offer as you plan your future. It's an exciting time to be part of this ground-breaking program. Click here to see a description of the opportunities available and let us know where you want to get involved.
- Digital Education Resources
- Education Events
- Featured Articles
- Job Shadow Program
- Informational Interviews
- Summer Internships | InterAlliance and Career ConneXions
- Video Resources & Event Recaps
- Social-Media Archive
As you continue to explore your future path, utilize the following resources for your own development and growth. The Career ConneXions team has put together the following list, and would love to add to it. If you have resources to share, please send them to email@example.com and we will include them in this list!
Top 20 Books You Need To Read To Crush 2020
Best Business Books for Entrepreneurs, Creatives and Professionals to Read (And Grow)
101 BEST Business Books of All Time (2020)
College Preparation Resources:
Ethan Sawyer - The College Essay Guy
Basics of the Stock Market
A monthly educational topic related to job readiness (e.g. Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking, Etiquette).
- College Interview Preparation
- Interview Assessment Form
- Interviews Do's and Don'ts
- Possible Mock Interview Questions
A short-term experience where a student will follow or “shadow” an employee as he/she performs normal work activities. Typically, job shadowing is a half-day or a full-day field experience or tour of a business or organization. In light of COVID, we will also be offering virtual job shadows this year.
We hope to have many slots open for job shadow experiences in the 2020-2021 school year! Check back here in early September when the signup will be live.
Having a mentor/coach is a one-to-one relationship that provides "hands-on" learning and mentoring/coaching based on a student’s degree, career, or life interest. Examples can include choosing a college major, time management, etc. The mentor/coach relationship generally lasts for multiple months and can last as long as the student holds the connection, and frequency of the meetings can be determined by the coach/student partners.
Interesting in having a mentor/coach of your own? Click the link to sign up for one. https://forms.gle/cGz7Y83w6uYxUK397
The informational interview program seeks to help students explore and engage in potential career paths that suit the student’s interests, or personality. Students take a survey to help them find potential career paths, and then they are matched with someone who works in that career field. The student has the opportunity to meet with that person, either face-to-face or over the phone, and ask questions and hear stories about the career field. The informational interview program is low commitment for both the adult volunteer and the student, because the meeting is only a one-time event. Ultimately, if the student-adult meeting is successful, the hope is that it will develop into a mentoring/coaching opportunity or an internship, that allows the student to further explore the career path they are interested in.
Interesting in having an Informational Interview of your own? Click the link to sign up for one. https://forms.gle/cGz7Y83w6uYxUK397
If you have taken a Computer Science class you may already be familiar with the organization. The exciting news is they have 60+ summer internships with a wide variety of tech involved so if you're not interested in programming, but like data analysis you should look at these. Here is a link to the InterAlliance website: www.interalliance.org.
There are a few key requirements for their roles:
- The full process begins with you registering yourself on their website – once you are registered you will receive detailed instructions on deadlines for application.
- Juniors & Seniors only
- Approved Resume and LinkedIn profile required (submitted online via InterAlliance website)
- 10-week, Full-Time roles (a week vacation is no problem to manage, but more than that will be tough)
- All Paid $10/hr
- GitHub training required (several workshops offered - see their website for details)
- Generally ~200 students apply so it is a competitive process.
Internships roles will be posted in January for positions in the summer of 2021.
There are a few key requirements for our roles:
- Open to all grade levels (some may require age 18, but will be noted as such)
- Resume required (submitted online along with the application which will open on 3/6).
- LinkedIn profile encouraged, but not required
- Wide variety of hours required based on role - many part-time
- Pay will vary based on role - some roles are unpaid
- We will no longer conduct screening interviews - employers will select candidates to interview based on your application and resume (submitted online starting 3/6).
- Generally ~100 students apply so it is also a competitive process
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the process.
Career ConneXions Week February 2020:
Interview Tips - Lauren Cobble and Jen Buse: 11/19
Interviewing Tips - Christine Dauenhauer and Chitra Shanmugham: 12/18
Careers in the FBI - Mark Rogers: 10/19
Career ConneXions Week- February 2019:
Discovering and Developing Yourself- Dave Eby 04/19
Career ConneXions Week - March 2018:
Lessons in Leasdership - Eric Breissinger '85: 01/18
Lessons from a Surgeon - Dan Johnson '73: 01/18
Bombers, Career ConneXions is very excited to launch our newest program- Masterclass! This curated collection of videos provides tons of important content that is important regardless of career path. Check out more here: https://t.co/qhR2ZlqUqD #menforothers pic.twitter.com/Kg8KAgaBkR— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) July 11, 2020
Attention students! Career ConneXions is hosting one more informative session on career advice and interview tips by Bill Bagley tomorrow 5/27 at 2pm. Parents are welcome to attend— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) May 27, 2020
EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY for St. X students! Today at 2:15 p.m. the Career ConneXions Program will be hosting Dr. John Corker in a virtual event. Dr. Corker is the head of the Montgomery County COVID-19 Task Force. Check the Daily Digital email for the Zoom link. #menforothers pic.twitter.com/doXN5RWwt1— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) May 11, 2020
Attention Bombers and Parents! Career ConneXions has invited Michael Mills '01 to speak in a Zoom meeting about working from home and financial literacy. Students should check their emails for the link invitation. 4/15 @ 2:15. #longblueline #menforothers #prideinbecomingsmart pic.twitter.com/sct2GDd1ka— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) April 14, 2020
Career ConneXions, St. Xavier's experiential learning program is open to all St. X students and offers speakers, job shadowing, internships and more. We are currently looking for professionals to host summer interns. Check out the website to learn more! https://t.co/VKTc41MNTo pic.twitter.com/shRymKdYGL— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) March 6, 2020
Thank you to Bill Placke '61 for his inspiring session about Being a Man for Others in the business world. Keep an eye on the website for a video replay of this and other Career ConneXions presentations. https://t.co/IocnTyEPEr #menforothers pic.twitter.com/9crh7rQ56T— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) December 10, 2019
Attention Students! Join Career ConneXions for a guest speaker on pursuing careers with mission driven companies. Mr. William Placke will be here on Tues 12/10 @ Flex in Reynolds to tell his story of how he used his career in finance to serve the underserved. Free lunch! pic.twitter.com/CHrh7ZACSe— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) December 9, 2019
Every St. Xavier student can participate in the Career ConneXions experiential learning program. The program partners with alumni and industry leaders to provide job shadowing, internships, mentoring, informational interviews and more. Learn more at Open House Sunday 11/17 1-4 pm pic.twitter.com/RTE5CHaacw— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) November 17, 2019
Attention Bombers! Learn more about the mentoring/coaching program where you can get a mentor who can help in your school/work/college/career journey! The meeting is Friday at Flex in Reynolds and includes lunch! https://t.co/qhR2ZlqUqD pic.twitter.com/Q2bAwPS93n— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) October 9, 2019
Attention Students! Thinking about pursuing a career in Business? Hear about the different options available in the Business field from local professionals. Click the link to see the speakers. Friday 10/4 at Flex - Business Roundtable in Reynolds Room. https://t.co/vYK9EPrdkc pic.twitter.com/0yXQMFx0id— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) October 3, 2019
Career ConneXions hosted Rich Hidy '12 who spoke to students about 'Charting Your Course' - exploring different career paths, setting a course to achieve goals & the opportunities that a St. X education provides. Learn more about Career ConneXions: https://t.co/FpxNZ2QULb pic.twitter.com/eNnrOS5OOG— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) October 11, 2018
St. Xavier Career ConneXions 1/24— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) January 24, 2018
Jim Bender '91 Marketing Director, @Wendys Restaurants challenged students: Chart Your Course.Think Bigger.Confidence Rules Everything.Serve Others. He said, "Network. Shake hands. Keep your phone in your pocket. Success leads to opportunities!" pic.twitter.com/RuI8hoANva
St. Xavier Career ConneXions welcomed Eric Breissinger '85, President, Procter & Gamble, Canada to share leadership lessons. He said, "As 'Men for Others', People make the difference. Use what you learn at St. X. Be clear what you want to accomplish. Define it. Take the lead!" pic.twitter.com/xtK4mdoC5j— Cincinnati StXavier (@stxinfo) February 2, 2018