"Real World" Workshop for WPHS Seniors

Senior "Real World" Workshop
Posted on 10/02/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Senior "Real World" WorkshopEach year, we conduct a workshop for our high school seniors to help reinforce concepts and skills learned in school and how those should be applied in employment and adulthood.  This year, the Senior "Real World" workshop will be October 11th, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Spotlight in Colchester.  The is an annual event that we have successfully conducted for many years. We have been very lucky in years past in being able to attract high quality guest employers to work with our students at the workshop. This year will be no different. We have a terrific panel of guests ready for our seniors!


Morning Session: 8:00-11:45
Students will rotate in three groups through breakout activities. Topics for the morning session include (1) Interview boot camp, (2) Personal Accountability (bills, finance, debt, savings, advocating for self, etc.), and (3) Community Improvement.

Lunch Session: 11:45-1:30
Students will be divided into groups of 4 or 5. During lunch and after, the small groups will engage activities with invited guest employers from the McDonough & Hancock area.

Afternoon Session 1:30-2:00
If all goes well, seniors will help with cleanup of spotlight and run through the closing checklist. Once everything is complete, the students will be dismissed for the day.


We want to expose our students to situations that will hopefully require them to stretch a little outside of their comfort zones. They will be meeting and speaking with adults they probably won't know. This will be a little scary for some but it will be a good learning experience and a great place to start as apposed to waiting their first job interview or some other professional meeting after high school.

We to develop the soft skills necessary for participating in adulthood. For example, we want students to understand that "setting" is important. The way we interact, dress, communicate, etc. all vary depending on the setting. Therefore, we plan to provide a setting that is a little more professional than school, for example.
*Note* Expected attire is business casual. See http://www.businessinsider.com/what-business-casual-really-means-2014-8" Business casual may be more or less dressy than one's future job. However, this is not the point. It is about understanding the setting and making the appropriate decisions related to dress, word choice, and behavior. If you do not have access to an item in an outfit for the day, please let me know.

We want to reinforce concepts they have learned in school and how those apply in "the real world."


Students are not required to attend the workshop. Attending the workshop does not count as an absence from school but rather as a field trip. However, any students that do not wish participate in the workshop are expected to attend school that day at the HS instead.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Mr. Sullivan

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