During Jezuba's GenZ Career Series webinar, as we were discussing the difference between soft and hard skills, Rebecca, co-founder and director of Jezuba, brought up that I have developed an exemplary set of soft skills through my time at Jezuba. Though slightly embarrassed by being thrown into the spotlight, I was taken aback by her honesty. Had it not been for Rebecca’s comment, I would have never noticed this growth. Her words stuck with me as I reflected on my journey.
I started working for Jezuba during my sophomore year of college. At that time, I was clueless as to what I wanted to do career wise. Eager to learn but with nowhere to start, Van, my leadership coach from Braven, introduced me to Rebecca. From there, I joined Jezuba as the very first intern. Starting as a content strategist, to becoming the co-chief of staff and now the operations manager, I was able to experience all the ups and downs of a newly launched business and nonprofit organization. I have been so proud to see Jezuba's growth as we added more interns, took on new projects, and engaged in a large audience but I never realized that with Jezuba's growth, came my own.
My reliability has always served as a foundation for me, but I now know that I am also capable of taking on new challenges and learning new things. Engaging with passionate professionals, expressing my thoughts to a larger audience, organizing meaningful events, and connecting people around the world to make our team- all of these opportunities were only possible because Jezuba encouraged me to challenge myself.
Jezuba's goal will always be to empower youths to make an impact. Now, as a recent graduate and official staff member of Jezuba, I truly understand this simple but powerful mission statement. I’ll forever be thankful to have received this chance to get started on my journey and will work to pay it forward.
I hope this also serves as a gentle reminder to everyone getting started on their journey that hard work will never go unnoticed. Be kind, be forgiving, but most importantly believe in yourself.
Credit Lauren Young - Jeju Island, South Korea.
As we navigate the world during this global pandemic, we should make sure that all of us, and particularly our younger generations, continue to pursue educational and vocational opportunities while we are required to remain physically apart from each other. That is why Jezuba has collaborated with professionals, hiring managers, and recruiters to bring a webinar series on how to navigate the job market to members of Gen Z. These professionals, who include representatives from WePay, Ellie Mae, Robert Half, and Power Integrations, will present on the various processes and challenges that surround the job market today.
This webinar series is divided into three separate events. The first one will take place on November 24th, 2020 at 8PM EST, and will focus on issues surrounding the contemporary job market, which has been heavily influenced by the coronavirus pandemic. Attendees will learn how the pandemic has impacted the market specifically for Gen Z, and they will also learn how to prepare for opportunities within the job market during the current conditions.
The second event will occur on January 13th, 2021 at 8 PM EST, and it will be more of an interactive session, with audience to presenter engagement. Participants will be able to ask a select group of professional recruiters questions and get feedback on what skills and experience is necessary to be competitive in the job market. This is the perfect session to attend for anyone who has questions about their resumes, cover letters, or general work qualifications.
And finally, our third session will take place on January 26th, 2021 at 8 PM EST. Leaders, hiring managers and career coaches will present information to attendees on what traits they truly value in job applicants. This last session will help participants to understand what characteristics they need to develop or improve on to best serve employers’ needs in the job market.