Today’s guest was
Brown University Head Softball Coach, Katie Flynn and Brown University student athlete, softball pitcher, Kait Camacho-Orona
were today’s Hope Life Skills class guests.
Our exemplary class host for today’s class was Rosa Rodriguez.
Today’s guest was Edwin Piverger, Talent Acquisition Manager for Pet Food Experts
(www.petfoodexperts.com) a distributor of pet foods and accessories to pet stores in the northern states of the United States of America. Edwin is responsible for identifying and recruiting talented people to his $260 million company located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Today’s host was Jonasia Brown.
Today’s guest was Kaydi McQuade, a partner at Back Pocket Resources.
Kaydi runs a temporary work agency, also called a temp agency or temporary staffing firm, that finds workers for companies looking to hire. Some companies need short-term workers. Other companies may be looking for permanent employees. Companies sign contracts with employment firms like Kaydi’s staffing/work agency to find all kinds of workers. Temporary employees are often needed for cyclical jobs for short term, busy periods of the year.
Today’s host was Rosa Rodriguez.
We had two guests today. First,
Junior Jabbe, the newly named President and CEO of Banneker Industries,
an international supply chain company located in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Joining Junior was David Grant, a Bryant College graduate and fellow executive at Banneker.
Today’s class introduced the
Hope Life Skills PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIP program.
While representatives from CVS Health explained the internship opportunities and the application process, Life Skills graduates,
Aimon Foreman and Yael Torres, shared their internship experiences from last summer at CVS Health.
That’s right, the FBI!!!
An FBI special agent visited our class today to speak about her experience at the Bureau.
Our Hope Life Skills host today was Laisha Mendez.
“First impressions mean a lot when the FBI is considering applicants to the agency. We constantly observe how agent applicants handle themselves in different situations. We evaluate their level of professionalism: how they present themselves to others; their eye contact, handshake, and their greeting to the person they meet; how they sit in a meeting. Did they show up on time? Do they sit upright and pay attention or do they slouch in their chair and appear disinterested?
The impressions this class created with me during our introductions today were exceptional.
I have never seen this level of professionalism at any high school I’ve ever visited. Impressive” according to the FBI agent recruiter visiting today’s class.
The FBI recruiter spoke about the application process.
“There are intense background checks
of every applicant. We speak to your teachers, job supervisors, coaches and neighbors. We do a criminal background check as well as researching your cyber presence; this means, what you post on Facebook and Instagram and the various web sites you visit.
We pretty much know everything there possibly is about you.
Then, we make a decision, i.e. do we want this person in the agency? Will they represent us well? Can they be trusted?”
The recruiter spoke about the
importance of physical fitness, a college degree
and the wide variety of jobs offered in the agency. “There’s a strenuous physical and psychological test. I went to
for a few months for my physical test and New York for a multi-hour interview by 3 senior agents” our visiting FBI agent stated. “Most agents have college degrees. We have agents working in a wide variety of fields. We have interpreters. Cyber security specialists. We have accountants. Robot specialists. Negotiators.”
The agent then spoke about the advantages of the students in this class.
“If you meet the academic, physical, and psychological requirements,
the FBI is looking for multi-lingual applicants and the agency also wants to be more diverse.
This means the agency wants more women and people of color.”
Today’s class finished with a networking opportunity where students exchanged business cards with our visiting FBI agent.
Today’s guest was Neil Amper, Vice President at Capstone, a commercial real estate company. Our host today was Lisanyis Gonzalez.
“I grew up very fortunate” Neil said. “My family was very rich.
We had an 8,000 square foot home with servants who lived in a special wing of our home. I went to private schools. We had our own plane. Went on beautiful vacations. I ran one division of our family’s company. By the time I was 28 year’s old, I was worth $10, million dollars. Until one Sunday evening, when
my father called me to tell me our company was bankrupt. We were out of business.
Today’s guest was Olivia Rodrigues,
an entrepreneur, and a fashion and wardrobe consultant.
Today’s host was Lisanyis Gonzalez.
“Mr Cronin, before I start, there were many
impressive introductions and greetings. Janita spoke to me in French! Wow!
That made me feel comfortable right away.
She obviously took time to learn about my background.
And, Yaritza had a firm, very professional handshake; that was impressive. Everyone had great eye contact and a smile. I am impressed” Olivia commented.
Today’s guest was Nan Quinlan.
Nan is the former Training and Development Manager at TACO, Inc in Cranston, Rhode Island and presently a senior career consultant at Transitions Solutions, a private company which helps individuals with their career choices and opportunities.
Today’s host was Nayely Furcal.
” Your resume needs to use words that identify skills you have that a company wants”