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Coach Close-Up with TEC and Career Connections Success Coach Naliaka Wakhisi

August 19, 2015


“Normally, it’s not really my personality to plan anything out – I tend to be more like, Let’s just do it! or, Let’s just go there! But after a year of teaching Entrepreneurship, I found that it was easier to tackle my interests when there was more structure and planning.

For example, I work at a culinary school, and I have all these events and I always invite people, and I asked myself: How can I monetize this? I had this idea of hosting vegan retreats or little vegan restaurant tours. In my head, I was thinking: Oh, this is so hard, I’ll never be able to do it, how do you do it? But now, I just set a plan and – it’s not easy, but it’s more attainable. You know what to do. So now I have three trips planned out that people have signed up to come on. I’m so excited cause it’s just opened up a whole new world for me. Before I would have thought, Well, that’s too hard, I don’t even know where to start.

I could go on and on about how teaching Entrepreneurship and Careers has impacted my life. I work at a non-profit where we coach teenagers, and they go out and advocate to their peers about sexual health. My group of kids works specifically with all of the marketing and the social media. When I first started this job, we were always just coming out with ideas, but recently, I said: You know what? We should have Project Managers like we do in TEC, and we should really plan out exactly what we want to do. So I separated the high school students into two teams, and each team has a manager and each manager has a calendar, and they print up the messages they want to get out, the dates by which they’re going to complete the projects and everyone said it’s so much more organized now. We’re trying to save people’s lives, and just something as simple as having a plan completely changed the way that we work as a group.”

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A teacher, a preacher, a police officer and a private investigator...These elementary school kids from P.S. 156 will knock your socks off with their career knowledge, and convince you that they are the best for the job.

Special thanks to all of the teachers, administrators and faculty at P.S. 156 for making this video possible!