It was an afternoon of learning, insight and skill development for the group of high school students who visited ICMC offices recently as part of the summer “Life Skills and Career Exploration Program” offered in partnership with the Learn to Dance Institute, Inc. and the U.S.V.I. Department of Labor.
Armed with the desire to learn about career development and the corporate environment, the group reached out to ICMC’s Community Relations team in an effort to engage with ICMC and identify some key individuals who could offer the students a brief look into corporate life and what it takes to succeed in a corporate workplace environment. “I always enjoy being able to talk to youth and challenge them to reach their potential,” explained ICMC Talent Acquisition Senior Manager, Anthony Benware, who served as one of the afternoon’s presenters. “We at ICMC have the ability to impact so many by being an outlet while sharing our own experiences and providing a level guidance from real life examples.”
Following a tour of ICMC’s main 1A Kongens Gade campus, a brief overview of the historical significance of our two building sites and the opportunity to take some pictures, the group was treated to presentations from key departments within ICMC to include Community Relations and Talent Department representatives, Anthony Benware and Shemura Nicholson, who shared key information about dress, conduct and how to succeed in a corporate environment, as well as ACDP Professional Fidel Pena, who shared his experience as a recent student and current corporate professional, as he continues to successfully navigate his own career journey.
“It was a great opportunity for us to learn about the corporate environment,” says CAHS high schooler J’Mari Clarke.
With interactive presentations, prizes and a host of new information in hand, the young student group certainly benefitted from the afternoon’s activity, better prepared to navigate their way to success. “I hope that it helped to open their minds to what employers look for and how they individually can impact hiring decisions by putting their best foot forward and making the most out of that first impression,” adds Benware. “Hopefully they left encouraged to be accountable for their decisions and gained the understanding that preparation is always necessary.”