Postsecondary Fair Exposes Milton Hershey School Students to Future Opportunities
Milton Hershey School Senior Division students recently explored more than 40 post-graduate options available to them. The school’s Graduate Programs for Success Division hosted a Postsecondary Fair that connected students with representatives from two- and four-year college programs, the military, and local and regional businesses. Students had the ability to talk one-on-one with their guests and discuss how to best position themselves for long-term success.
Key components of the career readiness process at MHS are self-awareness and career awareness. Events like postsecondary fairs help students become aware of the range of careers within industries they are interested in. MHS college and career counselors play an integral role within this process, working closely with high school students to develop career preparation plans that align with students’ personalities, skills, and aptitudes.
Isis Stewart, MHS Junior, spoke to recruiters with the Pennsylvania National Guard and United States Marines.
“There are more aspects to colleges and the military than I thought,” Isis said. “If you choose either for your future, every day will be different. Personally, I like mixing things up because it can be very boring to do the same thing every single day.”
Chris Koehler, MHS junior, appreciated having the opportunity to speak to representatives from both colleges and the work force.
“An employee from Hershey Entertainment & Resorts said her biggest piece of advice was to start networking now,” Chris said. “I used this knowledge instantly and connected with recruiters and am excited about internship and future career options.”
The fair closely aligns with the school’s 2025 strategic plan, also known as the MILT Plan, which aims to broaden graduate opportunities for apprenticeships, military service, and postsecondary education for professional success.
Grace Wood, MHS junior, advises students who will attend the fair next year to properly plan for their sessions.
“Because I chose colleges that I am actually interested in, I ended up enjoying the fair and gaining valuable knowledge I can take with me as I enter my senior year,” Grace said.