Thankful Thursday: City Year San José/Silicon Valley Alumni Board

Each week, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley will thank a person or organization for inspiring us in our service. This week, corps member Katherine Grundt thanks the City Year San José/Silicon Valley Alumni Board for investing in the future of every corps member by hosting an 18-Minute Networking event.

On Tuesday, January 25th, as our day of service ended at the schools, our job as corps members was not over yet. We all gathered at The Mmoon in downtown San Jose to meet with City Year alumni so we could hear their insight to how City Year helped them in deciding what career path they would ultimately take.

City year strongly believes in helping its corps members find their way in the world after their year of service. Many of us went into this event with some idea about what we want to do as a career path, yet we still had many questions to be answered.

After listening to several of my fellow corps members share their passions and dreams, one thing was apparent: we are all looking to serve in one way or another for the rest of our lives.

Thanks to the Alumni Board, we were lucky enough to be able to do four 18- minute rotations with alums that had chosen a variety of different career paths. Corps members filled out a preference sheet before the event and we were split up into different rotations.

The categories of interest were:

  • Education
  • Nonprofit- Youth
  • Business
  • Nonprofit/Other Service
  • Government/Public Policy
  • Graduate School
  • Careers at City Year

Most of the alumni choose to stay with City Year for an additional senior corps year. Some even served as staff before moving on to something new and exciting. There were representatives from Teach for America, Citizen Schools, high school counselors and even Google!

What I took out of this networking event was learning about how to use all the skills that I have obtained through my service with City Year in my next steps in life. No matter where I go after my year of service, what I learned and how much I have grown as a person will stick with me no matter if I decide to enter the work field right away or go back to school.

Katherine Grundt, Corps Member CYSJ

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