Scholars Program

a culturally relevant career readiness program

As a First-Generation or Underserved Student...

As a first-generation or underserved student, our experiences and challenges are different; we are bicultural, multiracial, and encounter the glass ceiling, lack of mentorship, and the opportunity gap. At Aspira Consulting, we believe that our cultural wealth is an asset when it comes to developing our professional career. We provide Culturally Relevant Career Readiness Programs to empower first-generation and underserved students to embrace their journey, harness their cultural wealth, and translate their experiences into a powerful career narrative.

Empowering Scholars Program

Program Description

Our transformative 5-session Empowering Scholars Program, is a culturally relevant career readiness program, specifically designed to empower first-generation and underserved students. This immersive program offers a wealth of relatable real-life examples, practical tools, and invaluable techniques to harness their unique cultural backgrounds and propel them towards success in their career development.

Program Topics

  • How to Tell Your First-Generation Story to Get Hired
  • Turning Adversity into Positive Career Traits
  • Demystifying Networking
  • How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome
  • How to Successfully Interview Virtually

Key Lessons

  • How to reframe your personal journey into a powerful career narrative
  • Turn adversity into positive career traits
  • Leverage cultural wealth to build social capital
  • Value your identity to overcome imposter syndrome
  • Learn to market yourself to employers

Empowering Scholars Academy

Academy Description

Our Empowering Scholars Academy is a comprehensive 10-week program that provides students with a holistic career preparation.  Our program teaches students how to embrace their personal journey and leverage their cultural wealth to develop a career strategy and techniques to attract job opportunities.

Key Lessons

  • Reframe your personal journey into a relatable career narrative
  • Create and promote your career portfolio
  • Build your professional brand
  • How to create a first-generation LinkedIn profile
  • Career Networking
  • Create a targeted resume
  • Communication etiquette
  • Effective and efficient job search techniques

Train-the-Trainer Program 

Our exclusive Train-the-Trainer Program is designed specifically for college career counselors, staff, and faculty to gain the expertise to effectively deliver our Culturally Relevant Career Readiness Program. This unique program equips you with invaluable skills to assist first-generation and underserved students in creating, managing, and elevating their personal and professional journey.

Oscar and Angelica's take on telling your story as a BIPOC professional is refreshing and reassuring. Often students may feel that they have to lose their identity or culture to acclimate or "fit in" in the workplace, but Oscar and Angelica help students navigate the road to self-discovery and give them tips to finding their own voice and USING IT! I will continue to work with them and partner on other projects as I know that our students are benefitting greatly from their sessions!

Jennifer Merchant Director, Educational Programs and Partnerships, Guided Pathways at Fullerton College

Oscar helped our team at Pueblo Community College take our career development skills to the next level! We are more equipped to serve Latinx and first generation students in helping them accomplish their academic and career goals. He brings such a unique perspective to career development that is impactful and practical. I look forward to continue working with Oscar.

RaeAnn Gutierrez Higher Education Change Agent

Oscar and his team were asked to host professional development for our faculty at the start of the school year. Their positive attitude, ability to make everyone feel included in the conversation and their delivery of possibly the most difficult topic in a multicultural setting was outstanding. This dynamic organization is making waves and we are happy to not only be a part of it but also to support their work and recommend to anyone who is looking for that new spark within their team! Parabéns meu irmão!

Marleen Dinis Scientist turned Educational Leader

Oscar's ability to navigate the various learning styles of students in the sessions is amazing as he ensured that the material helpful and applicable to the students' needs and that they were understanding the content.

Jennifer Merchant Director of Career Technical Education at Fullerton College

Working with Oscar is truly a pleasure. He conducted a series of trainings for staff and a series of workshops for community college students. He provided our staff with tips and tools to help students network and navigate LinkedIn.

Ashley Phillips Director of Career Education, College of San Mateo

Oscar is an excellent presenter who combines wisdom, humor, and authenticity into his training. He appeals to an audience that includes multiple generations and career levels. What I appreciated most is that he provided specific to-do items that help students and alumni move forward with their career development and along their job search paths.

Kathyy Battee-Freeman Director of Career Development Center, University of Illinois Springfield

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