By the time some students are seniors in high school, they know what career path suits their skills, interests, and goals, while others may still be struggling with what they want to do.
“Career fairs are a great way for students to explore a wide range of opportunities and connect with people in the workforce,” said Whitney Coverstone, assembly operations engineer in Systems Engineering and Validation at Pratt & Whitney West Palm Beach.
Coverstone and five of her colleagues recently represented Pratt & Whitney at a local career fair sponsored by the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. More than 500 high school juniors and seniors from the School District of Palm Beach County and 60 Palm Beach County businesses participated in the event called Claim Your Future Showcase.
“Pratt & Whitney is a one of our largest employers in Palm Beach County and a valued member of the Business Development Board,” said Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board. “We can always count on its employees to support our education initiatives.”
The one-day event, which consisted of panel discussions with business leaders, an exhibition hall and soft-skill training, was held at the Palm Beach Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“We had a large turnout at our booth and at the aviation, aerospace and engineering panel discussions, which we hosted along with representatives from Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky,” said Coverstone. “It made me feel good to serve as an ambassador for our company and inspire students to consider an exciting career in STEM fields.”
Robert Mitchell, who joined Pratt & Whitney in January and is part of the company’s engineering development program, advised students to get involved in extracurricular activities such as clubs and internships.
“This will help you zero in on your passion and what company you want to join,” he said. “To be successful and happy, you need to follow your interests.”