Thank you, Heather for your insightful responses. It is true that many do not have or take the opportunity to learn about other cultures or sometimes even their own, and at times its not in a respectful way. I have added an image of a global map naming Indigenous groups (although I don't think it includes all Indigenous peoples) by region for reference and I'll include the url source here if anyone wants to see the larger version of the image: https://propresobama.org/2015/08/07/international-day-of-the-worlds-indigenous-peoples/
Valerie is a 40+ year old Executive Admin Assistant to a Executive Director for a company. She began working for the company when she was a teenager as a secretary with an Associates Degree in Communications and worked her way up to her current position. Valerie knows the Executive Director is looking to retire in the next couple of years and Valerie is the only other person who is as acquainted with the company but policy states she must have a Masters in Business or in a related field in order to even apply for the position. Valerie knows that even if she didn’t get this position, she could get a better paying position elsewhere if she had a master’s degree but is hesitant to apply and go back to school.
• Is bilingual in Spanish, both in verbal and formal written communications • Has been learning Excel, PowerPoint, and other programs from her children • Wants to get a BA and then a MBA in the shortest amount of time but must continue to work while in school
I think students finding their true interests and what they love to study and do is such an important but often over looked part of the "college experience." From my understanding, many students (mostly not first gen) who have access to counselors/mentors or parents who have connections to organizations and networks already do take up internships or jobs especially over the summer in order to strengthen their skills and their resumes. Would the career exploration be then during the regular school year or more of a summer program? Would this also give first generation students an equal opportunity to find their career of choice compared to students who may be more privileged and are already doing something similar as far as interning a few times during their college career with assistance from their support network?