Archbishop Mitty High School is dedicated to preparing students for the future. As a Catholic, college preparatory high school, the school seeks to prepare students for college and responsible leadership in the 21st century. The Career Symposium program, sponsored by the Board of Regents, is one way that AMHS students are encouraged to think about higher education, their future careers and interests, and academically and socially prepare for life after high school. The Career Symposium series, presented by Archbishop Mitty alumni, offers unique insight into a variety of career options.
The Career Symposium program has been in place for seven years and is designed to enhance student knowledge of a variety of career opportunities. “The 21st century workplace is constantly evolving and students need to know of current and future possibilities that will match their interests and talents,” states Janie Falcone, AMHS counselor. “It allows our students to get a better understanding of what opportunities are available and what the path is to get there.”
Covering a variety of topics, the panelists for each symposium are found through the school’s current parents and alumni network. “Over the last seven years, we’ve been able to feature everything from engineers to health care professionals to recruiters and beyond. Showcasing a variety of careers exposes the students to opportunities they may not have otherwise thought to pursue. Lucky for us, many of our parents, alumni, and parents of alumni have found diverse careers they are passionate about and are more than willing to come and share their unique experiences,” adds Christine (Brady ’02) Oliver, Director of Alumni Relations.
The first of the three symposiums scheduled for the 2015-2016 school year was held on October 2. Moderated by KPIX – 5 San Francisco Consumer Investigative Reporter and Archbishop Mitty alumna, Julie Watts ‘98 , the session focused on professions in the legal field. The panelists, who all generously donated their time to speak with students, included: Chris Merino (Sports Attorney, Pac-12), Alison (Brosnan `03) Merino (Ramsbacher Prokey Leondard, LLP), Patrick H. Kelly `69 (Criminal Defense Attorney and Professor of Criminal Law), and the Honorable Risë Pichon (Santa Clara County Superior Judge). The panelists discussed the process of getting into law school, the day-to-day activities of their workday as well as the work-life balance that can be expected with the career.
Offering a peek into the future can be quite eye opening. It is easy for students to get caught up in the process of high school; going to class, attending practice, doing homework. They can forget that all of it is preparing them for something more. Archbishop Mitty’s career symposiums are a great reminder of what that something really could be.
For more information please contact Christine (Brady) Oliver ’02, Director of Alumni Relations, at (408) 252-3923.