Road to Success Workshops
NDA is pleased to announce the implementation of the Professional Skills Lab. At the Professional Skills Lab, students can come during flex time on PLC Wednesdays to receive assistance from the Career Counselor with the following services: NDA is pleased to announce the implementation of the Road to Success workshop series. During Road to Success workshops, students will have the opportunity to attend optional workshops to receive assistance from the Career Counselor with the following services:
Each year, Notre Dame plans an exciting and engaging Career Week for the students. The week commences with a theme and surprise “kick-off” video that inspires the students to reflect thoughtfully about their future. Then over 30 renowned professionals who represent various industries from throughout the Toledo area come and present specific criteria about their personal journey to professional advancement. They detail specifics about their daily duties and provide data about income potential and the occupational outlook for their field. Finally, visiting speakers provide valuable advice about the importance of perseverance, networking, follow through and other vital soft skills that will enable students to advance in the working world as authentic Women of Vision.
Career Week ends with interactive activities where students put what they have learned into practice. Activities are based on professional skills and are broken down by grade level:
Grade 9 – How to Build a Resume
Grade 10 – The Art of Writing a Cover Letter
Grade 11 – Interview Simulation
Grade 12 – Business Dining Etiquette and Networking Boot Camp
ANNUAL CAREER AND NETWORKING EVENTS
An Evening of Engineering (every other year w/St. Francis)
An Evening of Medicine (every other year w/ St. Francis)
UT Engineering Symposium
UT Accounting Symposium
UT Law Symposium
BGSU Midwest Pre-Health (Medical) Symposium
The Senior Project is the capstone project that provides NDA students the opportunity to shadow 1 to 3 careers of their choice for a total of 25 hours. Students may also complete research and use various resources (informal interviews, webinars, articles) to learn more about a career of interest during the 2020-2021 school year. Seniors complete research and secure the scheduling of the location, dates and times for the shadowing experience. Shadow site sponsors complete a contract and evaluation of the student’s performance. Students reflect upon their experiences and complete a journal documenting their participation and share the finished product with their fellow students in dynamic groupings. Students reflect upon their experiences and share a presentation about what they learned with their fellow students in dynamic groupings. All seniors (except full diploma IB students) are required to complete a Senior Project as part of their high school graduation requirement at NDA. The Senior Project generally is completed in the second week of May; although, some students complete the project as early as the summer of their junior year.
INTERNSHIP, WORK, AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Some NDA girls pursue the option of connecting “now experiences” with what they want to eventually do for their career. They take advantage of and benefit from opportunities that allow them to gain experience about fields of interest and build relationships with local businesses prior to college. Here are a few opportunities that NDA girls have participated in:
SUMMER CAREER ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES
NDA encourages students to further explore and investigate careers on their own through the offerings of the Notre Dame Summer Academy and higher educational providers who offer fruitful and enriching experiences.
Some of our students have participated in opportunities like:
DINE & DO LUNCH SERIES
At NDA, all students in grades 7–12 are invited to attend free luncheons where guest speakers come and dialogue with students in a small group setting. While the students Dine, speakers share exactly what it is that they Do for a career. Speakers provide students with great insight on particular steps that they took to get to where they are today. Moreover, students are able to have candid discussions with presenters and direct questions to real professionals while on the NDA campus.
WOMEN IN STEM
Senior Claire Hoyt created this document with information about women in STEM and career options in STEM as part of a Girl Scout Take Action Project