STUART — The Human Resource Management Association of Martin County (HR Martin), the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, in collaboration with the Martin County School District Department of Vocational, Adult and Community Education (V.A.C.E.), held the 11th annual Steps to Success program on April 21, at the IRSC Wolf Technology Center.
Students from Martin County, Jensen Beach and South Fork High Schools as well as Clark Advanced Learning Center spent the day in a professional conference setting attending workshops, listening to inspirational speakers and participating in career development activities. Tim Doyle, Program Chair, stated, “The goal is to give them insight on how to behave once they are in the work world. We have a lot of knowledge we can share.” Tim said that the hands on information the students get can make the transition from student to employee easier.
The 2011 Steps to Success program, titled Careers; Paving the Road to Success, provided over 100 career technical students with critical information to help them develop successful career building strategies and provide them with the tools needed to prompt future achievements. Students were given the Careers Tool Kit 2011 containing information on Resume Writing, Interviewing Techniques, Personal Technology in the Work Place, Customer Service, Workplace Values, Building a Financial Foundation and Dealing with Stressful Situations.
This Steps to Success workshops topics and presenters were:
• “Yes-You DO Have Skills-and the Network to Market Them,” presented by Christina Romanovsky, Martin Memorial Health Systems, provided the students with interviewing tips, resume writing and insight into the drivers of job satisfaction.
• “Personal Technology-Don’t Let It Go Haywire,” presented by Rhonda Blakey, PHR, Workforce Solutions of the Treasure Coast, discussed career killing Facebook mistakes and the wealth of internet career resources available,
• “Customer Service-Make It Your Secret To Success,” presented by Kim Brisky, Martin Memorial Health Systems, coached students on how to stand out as a valued employee in the workplace.
• “Pursue Your Passion-Believe In Yourself,” presented by Crystal Stiles, Business Development Board of Martin County, provided students with insight on the importance of attitude, self-confidence, self-esteem and motivation.
The Steps To Success program was free to all student participants and their teachers. All associated expenses were underwritten by in-kind contributions, corporate sponsorship and private donations.