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When I was starting my career journey, I was unable to afford college and did not want to go into debt. So, I chose to work my way up the corporate ladder. My career path has featured multiple industries: I started off in property management, then civil engineering, followed by property/casualty insurance, and most recently was a marketing director for a law firm.
Each part of my career journey prepared me for the next step. And, my top Agilities of Organizing, Serving and Caring, and Developing Others that I had cultivated along the way allowed me to pivot into my passion – expanding career pathways with an organization that has tremendous impact and is hyper-focused on serving others.
I know the impact The DeBruce Foundation’s tools would have had when I was launching my career. Having four children whom I want to see successful, it is exciting to know The Foundation’s tools are available to help them become more informed career decision-makers.
I’m grateful to be part of this dynamic team and grateful to each of you for your role in expanding career pathways in our communities.
Draw Your Future with Agilities
The power of visualization has been recognized for centuries as a way to increase motivation and performance.
Draw Your Future with Agilities is a facilitated experience to help you reflect on your current reality, the future you desire, and map out your steps to get there – all while leveraging your strengths and interests.
Expanding Pathways in Forbes
Thanks to Tom Vander Ark for mentioning our work in his recent Forbes article:
“Skills-based hiring focuses not only on priority technical skills, but foundational and transferable skills. Conducted with Kansas City partners, the DeBruce Foundation sponsored the Essential Skills Report which outlined six competencies most important to enter and succeed in the world of work”
Students Making an Impact
We’re proud to help support Startland’s Social Change Internship; this 8-week ‘Ship challenges students to inspire, encourage, and create social change.
While gaining their own workforce skills, one team of students used the internship experience to build a plan to bring relevant career opportunities, powerful mentorship, and personalized career plans to other students!
Learn more and view student projects.
Exploring Careers with Bigs & Littles
We were honored to welcome Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City this month!
Matches explored their Agilities, talked about the Bigs’ career journeys, and explored options for Littles after graduation.
Shout out to our DeBruce Career Corps members who served as peers and guest speakers, sharing how they had written their resumes to highlight their strengths and interests and set themselves up for success in the workforce.
Creating the Agile Work Profiler
Do you know how the Agile Work Profiler was developed?
This month’s blog shares what our team saw in workforce trends, the national labor data behind the Agilities, and how knowing your Agilities informs your career journey.
Learn about Micro-Internships
Employers and college students, get to know the Kansas Micro-Internship Program! This statewide ‘Ships initiative was designed to help connect Kansas companies with Kansas college students for mutually beneficial short-term projects.
Learn more about it from Lily, a rising junior who shares about the program, her hands-on project experiences, and her advice for students and Kansas companies considering Micro-Internships.
Read her reflection.