City Year Career Days: Giving Back to Those Who Serve
Each day, City Year corps members dedicate themselves to helping students through tutoring, mentoring and after-school programs at some of the most under-served schools in the country.
These days, corps members are getting some help themselves.
In 2013, more than 1,500 corps members across the country received job training and career advice from Comcast and NBCUniversal employees during our annual Career Day.
Corps members from 13 City Year affiliates visited local Comcast offices and attended regional events for hands-on experience designed to assist them after the completion of their year of service with City Year.
Comcast employees guided corps members through a variety of professional workshops that focused on topics such as identifying career strategy, interviewing skills and improving a resume. Corps members also had the opportunity to network with Comcast employees and gain advice and insight from senior leaders.
Cydni Hawkins, one of 70 City Year corps member serving in Denver, said the best career tip she learned from a Comcast employee was, "Work somewhere that values you, impacts you and educates you."
Career Day is just as valuable for the corps members as it for the Comcast employees who lend their time and expertise.
"I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to participate in Career Day for the past five years and help City Year corps members improve their resumes, hone their interview skills and provide guidance on professional networking," said Karim Nanji, senior recruiter in talent management for Comcast Cable, who participated in Career Day at Comcast’s headquarters with 90 corps members from City Year Philadelphia. "The corps members are motivated young leaders, and it’s inspiring to hear from them directly about the impact they make with students in our community."
Since 2005, Comcast has hosted Career Day for more than 7,000 City Year corps members.
Career Day is one component of Comcast’s multi-faceted national community partnership with City Year. Since 2003, Comcast has committed more than $75 million in cash and in-kind support to City Year, making it Comcast’s largest national partnership.
Together, Comcast and City Year are building the next generation of leaders.
Feedback from City Year corps members attending Career Day:
"With the guidance and assistance from experts in a variety of fields at Comcast, I feel more prepared for professional encounters. Personally, I gained more insight into different sectors of a company which will help me to create my own business someday."
- Nia Payne, City Year San Jose corps member who supports 5th graders at Cureton Elementary School
"An hour before Career Day, I had no idea how useful LinkedIn was. Now, everything is different."
- Paul Sandy, City Year Detroit corps member serving students at Truman High School
"One career tip I learned is that your career will not take a linear path – follow your passion and you will be happy."
- Claire Mitchell, City Year Denver corps member serving middle school students at Trevista ECE-8th School
"The Career Day helped me focus on my personal brand and how to conduct myself in a professional setting."
- Lisa Guy, City Year Philadelphia team leader serving middle and high school students at Mastery Shoemaker Charter School
"Their willingness to listen, answer our questions and provide continued support through email even after the Career Day is wonderful."
- Jovil Clemente, City Year San Jose corps member who tutors 7th and 8th graders at Mathson Middle School
"The insight I gained from the networking and personal branding sessions will help me as I hope to someday start my own nonprofit organization."
- Trenton James, City Year Philadelphia corps member serving 8th graders at Universal Vare Charter Middle School
"I’m going to use the skills I learned today to get my dream job! Resume, LinkedIn and interview skills! What a day!"
- Sophie Peters, City Year Detroit corps member serving students at Osborn High School