Try 5 Careers in Tech for Creative Thinkers
June 18 - 22, 2018
9:30am - 4:00pm
Latham Hopkins Gatehouse
555 Ravenswood Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(financial need scholarships)
Did you know that you can use your creative skills to create a meaningful career for yourself in the tech industry? Learn how your creative skills can turn into a career and meet mentors who work in creative roles in tech.
Try real, hands-on projects from 5 creative careers in the tech industry and hear from speakers who have worked in creative tech fields. Learn to use entrepreneurial thinking to be creative, proactive, and decisive as you plan your future, building a portfolio of projects along the way.
DEVELOP REAL-WORLD SKILLS
- Experience real-world projects across 5 different tech careers and meet mentors in each role
- Develop real-world skills like teamwork, public speaking, creative thinking, decisiveness, and proactive outreach
- Bring home a portfolio of projects and next steps for exploring further
IMAGINE YOURSELF IN 5 CREATIVE JOBS
You will be asked to prototype your life in creative but highly strategic and respected roles in the technology industry such as:
- User interface designer
- Graphic designer
- Creative director
- Startup CEO
FINISH THE PROGRAM WITH
- An idea of what you might want to be
- Your portfolio of 5 career projects
- Your reflections on each of 5 careers
- Professional emailing experience
- Storytelling experience
- Interviewing experience
- The Career Prototyping framework
- A guide for meeting mentors
- Connections to 5+ mentors
- A community of like-minded students
- 9:30am - Arrival and Breakfast
- 10:00am - How to Find Mentors Talk
- 10:30am - Project Work Time
- 12pm - Mentorship Preparation
- 12:30pm - Lunch
- 1:30pm - Project Presentations
- 2pm - Mentorship and Q & A
- 3:15pm - Reflections & Interest Scoring
- 4:00pm - End
MEET MENTORS AND ASK QUESTIONS
This year's scheduled mentors include:
- Carolyn Jaeger (Senior Visual Designer, Mozilla)
- Meghan Kirby-McFarland (UX Design Lead, LinkedIn)
- Estela Arbuco (UX Writer, Google)
- Denise Gamboa (Senior Product Marketing, Nest / Google)
ABOUT THE SUMMER PROGRAM
Lighthouse Summer Programs are based on the principles of life design recently popularized by Stanford University d.school professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. We bring design thinking and future life prototyping methodologies to the high school level, through career exploration prototyping that aims to decrease students' anxiety about the future, build their confidence through hands-on experience, and help them find a course of study that fits their interests.
Each day of the summer program, Lighthouse students try a new career or two: they work on a real project from that field and meet a hand-picked speaker to ask about their experience. Students will finish with real-world experience across several different careers, a new network of peers and professionals, and a framework for exploring additional careers.
We encourage students to explore, imagine, and experiment. We teach students to be decisive, proactive, and creative in planning for the future. Few of us land in the perfect career on our first try, so we prepare students with "career prototyping" skills so they can continue to explore new career paths for years to come.
WHAT DO ALUMNI SAY?
"It was one of the best educational experiences I've ever had."
2017 Summer Program
"I learned the importance of trying new things."
2017 Summer Program
Hear from more the students from the 2017 Summer Program here.
MEET THE LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Samantha Quist is the Founder of Lighthouse. Sam graduated from Stanford, worked at Google, and founded several companies. She's most passionate about helping young people globally learn how to navigate the future. Get to know Sam here.
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$975 / student due upon acceptance to reserve your spot.
Scholarships are available for financial need.
We don't have before and after care, but the Menlo Park Public Library is next door.
100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours.
MATERIALS INCLUDED FOR EACH STUDENT
Lunches, markers and notebooks, and a t-shirt.
ASK US ANYTHING:
Want to know more? Email Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (650) 468-0804.