The Franklin Young Professionals, Inc. (FYP) hosted a career fair at Macon Early College (MEC) last Friday in hopes of inspiring students to begin planning for the future.
FYP is a group of young professionals in Franklin who dedicate their time to give back to the community through outreach, volunteering, and participation in local events.
According to Ashley Hyder, FYP President and Human Resource Officer for the Town of Franklin, the career fair is one of the many events which are organized by the FYP to get more involved with Franklin’s youth.
The event featured 12 careers that are available in Macon County. Each of the career paths represented at the fair were actual careers for the members of FYP, ranging from human resources to engineering, from teaching to real estate sales. Members of FYP who work for Franklin-based organizations such as Drake Enterprises, REACH of Macon County, Macon Bank, and Stay and Play in the Smokies were on hand to answer any questions students had about pursuing careers with their respective companies.
“We [FYP] have 12 members here who have tables set up with different careers. Each of the members are ready to answer any questions kids may have about our respective career paths, and offer advice on what to do in college to pursue specific careers,” explained Hyder.
Hyder explained that FYP believes it is important for today’s youth to understand that despite the economic situation of the United States, there are jobs in Macon County. “We want to show the kids that regardless of what is going on everywhere else, there are jobs here, and the careers that are here are great ones,” said Hyder. “It is so important for them to understand that it is possible to thrive in Franklin because they are our future.”
The fair gave Macon Early College students the opportunity to speak with members of FYP and to learn more about specific careers. The students enjoyed the break from class and were excited to ask questions.“It is a great opportunity for students to have the chance to ask questions to help find out what we want to do,” said MEC student, Ashley Ritter. Ritter used the event as an opportunity to drill Hyder on her position with the town because according to Ritter, she hopes to one day take Hyder’s job.
“I already know what I want to do, I want her job,” Ritter joked. “It’s great to be able to talk to her and know exactly what she did and how she did it. It’s helpful in planning what I am going to do in the human resource field.”
The students engaged with each member of FYP as they shuffled around the room from table to table taking full advantage of the opportunity to obtain as much information as possible about potential careers. Mary Trotter, Instructional Technology Facilitator for MEC noted that the career fair gave students the little push they needed to begin thinking about the next step in their lives. “All of the students need to start finding out what they want to do when they leave here, and this gives them that chance,” said Trotter. “Having members from FYP here is great because students can talk to them one on one and are able to ask what they did to get where they are in their careers.”
About Franklin Young Professionals
FYP started nearly a year ago and is comprised of 32 members of young professionals who work in Franklin and are dedicated to supporting the county. According to Hyder, the group is geared toward bridging the generation gap between the 20 to 50 age range of professionals’ involvement within the town.
The organization, which officially became incorporated in March of this year, are dedicated to volunteering and becoming engaged in Franklin.
“Our main focus is to provide opportunities for service, leadership, professional development, and community involvement for young professionals in Franklin,” said Hyder. “We want to give the youth of Franklin a greater sense of worth ownership in the town. They are the future so it’s important to keep them in the community.”
Every member of FYP present themselves in a respectable manor, to be role models for the county’s youth in hopes of demonstrating the positive things Franklin has to offer in the professional realm.
FYP’s newest project will officially kick off on Nov. 5, when they plan to hold the first clean up of the portion of highway they recently adopted, which is located in front of Franklin High School.
According to Hyder, they are currently planning and organizing an annual “signature” event which will begin in 2012.