Two weeks ago, on Friday, January 10th, all 50 corps members from City Year New Hampshire traveled to Boston to join with corps members from City Year Boston and Care Force. Together, they spent the day gaining valuable career advice and inspiration from some of the bright minds at Comcast and NBCUniversal. Below are perspectives on the day from two of the corps members who attended the event.
Brenda Kunz, of the Henry Wilson Team:
What do red jackets, professional clothing, and motivational speakers have in common? COMCAST CAREER DAY! Last Friday, more than 300 corps members gathered in Boston for a day of professionalism and networking. Corps members from Boston and New Hampshire were able to mingle and share stories about their service experiences.
One of the biggest takeaways from the day was to constantly live outside of your comfort zone in order to challenge yourself to the fullest. Another powerful takeaway was that it is solely your responsibility to cultivate and strengthen your natural abilities and build them into your skill set because guess what? No one knows you as well as you know yourself! As City Year corps members, we must not strive only for the best in our students, but strive for the best in ourselves as well.
Comcast Career Day shed light on the importance of professionalism, productivity and positivity in all we do.
Blake Benton, of the Beech Street Team:
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling with my fellow corps members to Boston for the annual Comcast Career Day. I expected a day filled solely with cut and dry practical professional techniques. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the opposite was true, as the day was filled with dynamic and exciting career advice, covering topics such as social networking, personal marketing, interviewing skills, and non-profit management. Additionally, I walked away from the Career Day with something much more important: a new found sense of inspiration and belief in myself and my future, as all of the presentations included wonderful words of wisdom and insight.
While all of the presentations were meaningful and worthwhile, by far the most impactful moment of the day for me was the welcoming address by Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. Councilor Pressley discussed the importance of diversity, self-confidence, and community. Ms. Pressley is the first woman of color to be elected to her position. While she was being introduced to the crowd, this history-making fact received a great amount of applause. However, when Councilor Pressley addressed the crowd, she encouraged us to hold that applause, as it should not have taken this long for a woman of color to achieve this level of prestige. She continued by sharing her personal story, and bravely disclosed many of the personal struggles that she faced along the way. Towards the end of her address, Councilor Pressley told us that if we only remembered one thing from the day, it was that we needed to silence the negative internal tape that tells us that we aren’t good enough, and replace it with these words: “You are loved, you are good, and you are worthy.” It is by believing in ourselves and our abilities that we will be able to become the masters of our own destinies, and create the lives that we have imagined and dreamed for ourselves.