On Friday February 23rd, a small group of TMA seniors interested in STEM and business careers joined other students from schools throughout the DMV area at Boeing’s offices in Arlington. Organized by SodexoMagic and hosted by the Boeing Black Employees Association, the event, “Charter Foundations of Success,” was an opportunity for high school students to learn professional development skills, tour Boeing’s facility, and hear from the company’s newest employees about transitioning from college to career.
During breakfast, a special guest welcomed the students with an inspirational song which set the tone of the day. Then, a panel of Boeing employees shared their experiences about applying to college, surviving on campus, choosing a career, and their first few years working for a company. During the Q&A, students asked thoughtful questions about campus life.
Following the panel discussion, students received a rare treat – they toured Boeing’s Collaboration Center, a large suite with multiple interactive digital screens. They also learned professional skills including the right handshake, how to dress for an interview, and place settings for an executive lunch. This last demonstration was timely, as students immediately enjoyed a catered lunch from celebrity Chef G Garvin, now a culinary adviser with SodexoMagic.
The day ended with a presentation on what Sodexo looks for when hiring employees, and a final panel discussion with seasoned professionals, who shared their career journey and gave advice to students on doing what they love.
Dayell Preston, TMA senior, enjoyed the visit. He plans to attend college and study aeronautical engineering. “It was inspiring to see so many black professionals in one space.”