Sparks’ Kelly Sauer Takes Part in Philadelphia Futures Event
July 02, 2017
Philadelphia Futures is a nonprofit organization that provides Philadelphia’s low-income, first-generation-to-collect students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for college admission as well as collegiate success.
As part of the summer Career Exploration & Awareness course at Temple University, Sparks’ Kelley Sauer speaks to a group of Philadelphia high school sophomores about her college experience and gives advice on career choices.
“Philadelphia Futures is something near and dear to my family’s heart so it was important for me to participate,” Kelley states. “The program brings together a thoughtful, smart and driven group of students — they are easily impressionable. I remember being their age and having all these dreams about my future career.”
Kelley takes the time with students to highlight her seven-year, non-linear career path that culminates at her current role as Associate Account Director, Events. She also discusses the history of Sparks, many of the award-winning and innovative projects, as well as important topics like diversity in the workplace.
“I wanted to share my experience with them to let them know that life and careers don't have to be linear in order to be successful,” Kelly adds. “It's OK to not always know what to do or that it's OK to change careers if your dream job wasn’t what you thought it would be.”
In addition, Kelly provides valuable industry insights as well as highlights the opportunities, on-the-job learning and professional advantages in participating in college internship programs like the one at Sparks. She encourages the students to get involved in a program that they think fits their career aspirations — a chance to try on a specific job in a field they’re passionate about.
Want to learn more or join the Sparks college internship program? Go to the Sparks Contact page, find the “Select a Message Option” dropdown, select “Human Resources,” and then complete the form.
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