A member of the Cleburne High School chapter of the Technology Student Association will be among the record numbers in attendance at the National TSA Conference, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C.
Hunter Tanem, along with two other Texas TSA members, will compete in the career preparation event, which is among 60 skills and leadership contests included in the annual leadership and skills conference. Cleburne’s TSA chapter was established at the start of the school year and has quickly made its mark in the competition arena, beginning with the regional contest in which 45 of 50 CHS entries advanced to the state level of competition. Cleburne was also awarded the High Point Division I designation for achieving the most cumulative points among the competing schools.
“Our chapter sponsors gave us several event options and career preparation was among them,” said Tanem, who is an incoming senior. “When I chose this along with several other events I was going to enter, I thought, ‘Why not?’ I never dreamed I’d be going to nationals in this one.”
In the career preparation competition, students are challenged with creating a cover letter and resume for each of three technology-related careers predicted to be among the top ten employment growth areas in the near future.
“This year, the three positions are meteorologist, software engineer and construction project manager,” Tanem said. “Contest judges review your resume documents, and if they like what they see, you advance to the semifinals and interview for one of these careers. The preparation for this event was a lot harder than I expected. I researched each job to gain as much knowledge on each field as possible. I also studied interviewing skills and went through several mock interviews. In something like this, you just can’t know what to expect — what position, will it be a group interview or just one person asking you questions and what they will be asking?”