Vice President Francisco Santos Calderon of Colombia spoke to some 60 high school students today (2-15-09) from the ITEP Academies Global Business Academy, Carson High School, Global Safety & Security Academy and Port of Los Angeles International Trade Academy from Phineas Banning High School . The event was billed as “Introduction to Careers in International Trade programs” – Transportation to The World Trade Week Education Committee event at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vice President Calderon said, “Education is important, but you must have a passion for everything you do. When you’re not happy, it is time to look for another job,” Calderon told International Trade Education Program (ITEP) high school students.
Calderon told the students that he was a journalist before becoming vice president, and never in his wildest dreams thought about being vice president when was a reporter.
“It is important to stay in school, get a good job and have a passion for what you are doing,” he said. His Excellency also said with the economy so challenging, students with International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) are getting the edge, and making themselves more competitive. Outside in the hallways Calderon told reporters he looked forward to working with the new President Obama administration.
President & CEO James R. Callahan, Nautilus, Wilmington offered a half dozen tips for ITEP students attending the powerhouse education workshop.
Study the company’s website
Look your interviewer straight in the eyes
Do not ask for benefits, or days off or restrictions
Listen and ask good questions
Show how you can add value to the company with our skills
Show passion for the position you are trying to obtain
Other speakers included Bill Collier, chair, World Trade Week General Committee, Keesal Young & Logan, LLP; Carol Rowen, WTW Education Committee, ITEP; Ogal Hernandez, EDD (California Job Service), Helen Paul, International Visitors council, who tested the students for their knowledge about country flags. Also on hand to talk to students were Maurce Kogon, director and Jim Hoffman, project director, Center for International Trade Development, El Camino College business Training Center and Enrique Aragon, UCLA Extension, Dept. of business & Management. The last two offer internships and are partners of ITEP. The event was held at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles. If you want to get involved in sponsorships contact ITEP for their annual fundraising dinner in April. (details below)