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TishDenevan

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Review for Your Future Is Our Business, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Your Future is Our Business connects middle and high students with an opportunity to explore careers through panels, internships and expos.

I was recently at one of the many Career Expos representing hospitality and recreation careers for our classic seaside amusement park: the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

A student walked by my table so I asked him if he was interested in a job. He shook his head and said, "No", with some disdain. I get it. Although, we are the largest employer of youth in the county, not everyone who is a teenager wants to work at an amusement park .

So, I asked him, "What do you want to do?"
He replied, "A director." and started to walk away.
I told him, "I can help you out. Walk over here with me."
I walked him over to another table at the Expo: Tam Communications, a digital media company that creates award winning commercials and videos.
"This young man is interested in being a director." I said and left him to talk about his dream job.

I saw him later on and asked him how it went. He looked at me and said with genuine joy in his voice "Thanks! That was great."

Who knows? Someday that teenager who was inspired by a conversation at the career expo put on by Your Future is Our Business might be the next Duffer brother or Steven Spielberg.

Role:  Board Member