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A panel of professionals talked with students at the Cope Area Career Center during the Essential Skills Symposium on Nov. 9 about what will be expected of them when they enter the workforce.

Dee Edwards, CACC counselor, and Marilyn Pickering, regional career specialist at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, coordinated the symposium.

Panelists were: Dave Tussey, human resource manager, Allied Air; Orangeburg County Probate Judge Pandora Jones-Glover; Charles Williams, Regional Medical Center cheif executive officer; J. RaShawn Colter, Master’s Hair Studio Salon manager; Ernest Holiday, Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 assistant superintendent of human resources and public relations; and Deputy Dennis Myers, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

“It is our belief that students will benefit greatly by interacting face to face with actual professionals from the various career clusters and hearing exactly what the workforce expects of and from them,” Edwards said.

Pickering asked the panelists questions on a series of topics. The panelists instructed the students not to limit themselves, reminding them the world is full of amazing opportunities they should pursue.

The professionals was asked about their stances on tattoos and social media when hiring. While they encouraged the students to practice freedom of expression, they cautioned not to make decisions now that will could impact them negatively when they seek employment.

Responding to questions from the students, the panelists discussed the paths they took to successful careers and how they got where they are today.

Contact the writer: kaybird0813@icloud.com.

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