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Volunteers Needed for ASLA Virtual Career Day

ASLA is developing a Virtual Career Day series for high-school students and educators. Scheduled to launch in May 2020, the goal of ASLA’s Virtual Career Day is to introduce student and educator audiences to landscape architecture as a vibrant field made up of design professionals making a difference in their communities and around the world.

All 45-60 minute presentations will be recorded and edited by ASLA using Zoom. A Virtual Career Day calendar highlighting presentation dates and times will be posted on ASLA’s Career Discovery and Diversity web page for students and educator audiences to access at any time. Upon completion of the series, ASLA will invite you to promote the series to local educators and educational partner organizations in your state.

Presenter Guidelines:

ASLA’s Virtual Career Day presentations should be informative, engaging, and fun, and can include relevant and timely topics. Building on ASLA’s Mission, Vision, and Values, presenters should plan to offer:
  • A brief history/background of yourself that led to your current career or job
  • Description and responsibilities of your career/occupation
  • Education/training required – (please emphasize the importance of life-long learning)
  • Skills needed, i.e. good communication skills, hand-eye coordination, etc.
  • Positive and negative aspects of your career/occupation (e.g., you like working outdoors)
  • Salary range/pay

Additional questions likely to be on the minds of students:

  • What are the “normal” hours of your job? If there is overtime, how much/often?
  • What types of demands (physical, mental, emotional) or hazards, if any, are involved in your job?
  • Which tools, equipment, and/or technology do you use on a regular basis?
  • What led you to this job/career? (If you have/had a role model or mentor, provide advice on securing a mentor.)
  • What do you like most about your job? The least?
  • Which courses in middle/high school would help a student prepare for your job/career?
  • What kinds of extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and/or part-time jobs might help someone prepare for a job like yours?
  • What other occupations are related to your job/career?
  • What advice would you give a student who is considering your type of job/career?

If you’d like to share unique and innovative aspects of your career as a landscape architect, contact Lisa J. Jennings, Career Discovery and Diversity manager at discover@asla.org.

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