By Mjellma Vula (YES 2012-2013, Kosovo, hosted by PAX in Valley Center, KS)
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge effect on our daily lives across the world. With many of us now stuck indoors we have had to move our YES Alumni in-person events to be online. To adapt to this new lifestyle and to still generate an impact in our community, I along with Alumni Coordinator Visar Zeka (YES 2014-2015, Kosovo, hosted by AYUSA in Prosper, TX) and alumna Alba Kondirolli (YES 2011-2012, Kosovo, hosted by CIEE in Altamont, KS) started our bi-weekly event series “Virtual Career Talks”. In this webinar series we wanted a way to bring guidance to high school students all around Kosovo that are facing tough career choices ahead and connect these kids who are facing similar fears and uncertainties about their futures.
“Virtual Career Talks” aims to provide information on various occupations for these high school kids. It introduces them to the nature and scope of the work done in these positions and educates them on the skills necessary to get these jobs. These webinars have brought together alumni from many generations, high school students from the ACCESS program, and students from USAID's “After School Support for Teens” Program (ASSET).
It has also tackled a variety of career paths thus far by inviting different speakers who are prominent in their fields, such as IT, business & entrepreneurship, law, science, journalism, and fine arts. Our speakers have inspired and motivated participants by sharing with them their personal stories, knowledge, career advice, lessons, and tips. This has helped the students make informed decisions about their future. These webinars have truly showed us firsthand the true power of personal success stories.
The webinars series will culminate with a resume and cover Letter writing workshop taught by two of our alumni. This way, we will not only provide information regarding different career paths but also help them be more prepared for their future career. We hope that the success of this webinar series will inspire the continuation of the event for years to come.