Parent Guide: How to make the most of your Provo Girls Summit Experience
Not sure how to make the most of your Provo Girls Summit experience? No worries! We’ve compiled a simple guide to help you and your daughter take full advantage of all the great opportunities the Provo Girls Summit has to offer.
Before you go The best way to make the most of your summit experience is to do a little prep work before you go. Here are some things you can do to get ready:
Check out our professionals online Sit down with your daughter and click through our list of professionals--look at their pictures, read their bios, and visit their company websites to understand what they do and who they work for. This way, when you get to the summit, you’ll already know which booths you’d like to visit, which women you’d like to talk to, and what questions you’d like to ask.
Make a list of questions Help your daughter come up with a list of questions to ask when she arrives. Maybe she’s interested in becoming a veterinarian. Here are some great questions she might ask: What should I study in school to be ready for a veterinary job? Are there opportunities to volunteer with animals at your pet hospital? What’s the coolest thing you get to do as a veterinarian? What’s the hardest thing? These types of questions will help your daughter know whether she really wants to pursue a certain job, and what it’s really like to be successful in that field. If your daughter is interested in more than one profession (or even ALL the professions represented at our summit) encourage her to think of personalized questions that will help her better understand each job.
Practice asking questions Once you’ve prepared a list of questions, go ahead and try a little role-playing. All of us get nervous meeting new people, so it might be helpful to practice what it’s like to meet professionals and talk to them in real life. Explain proper professional etiquette--have your daughter practice introducing herself, encourage her to speak with clarity and confidence, maybe even have her practice giving a good handshake!
When you arrive It’s time for the event! You’ve done your prep work, now it’s time to meet some professionals. Here are some things to remember when you arrive:
Use professional manners Encourage your daughter to be polite and confident as she interacts with the women she meets. Professional etiquette is part of every field--help your daughter feel comfortable using good manners and speaking with confidence.
Be courteous to other girls at the event We want your daughter to feel comfortable taking up time and space to get her questions answered. That’s one of our main goals with this event! But if there’s a large crowd around a certain booth or professional, consider keeping your questions brief so that other girls have the chance to ask questions, too. Remind your daughter that she will likely have a chance to circle back and talk to the professionals when there’s more of a lull.
Ask questions! Have your daughter bring her list of questions and ask them! This is the number one reason we’re having this event--so girls can have one-on-one time to meet and connect with professionals. Take advantage of it!
Take notes The first 150 girls will be given a swag bag with pens and notebooks inside. If you and your daughter can’t get there early, bring a pen and paper! Encourage your daughter to write things down so that she doesn’t forget all the awesome things she learns at this event.
After you attend Feeling inspired? That’s great! Here are some ways to stay involved even after the event is over:
Take our survey! We’d love to hear your thoughts about the summit! If you have any feedback, suggestions, or questions for next year’s event, let us know!
Write down thoughts, questions, and goals Help your daughter plan for her future by encouraging her to write down any thoughts, questions, and goals she might have after the event is over. Have her keep a special goal journal where she can write down or draw pictures of what her life will look like in five years, ten years, even twenty years. What makes her excited about her future? What will she need to do to make her dreams a reality? Studies show that when a girl imagines what her future life will look like, she’s more likely to be successful and stick to her goals.
Read Help your daughter find books and websites that provide good information about fields that she’s interested in. Bring her to the library often, help her learn how to find the best books about different topics. Teach her how to conduct her own research, and help her take advantage of the many learning resources available to her.
Take classes or volunteer Help your daughter find opportunities to volunteer in the fields she’s interested in. Does she want to be a videographer? Enroll her in film-making classes--online or in person. Does she want to be a planetary scientist? Reach out to the local planetarium and see if there are age-appropriate volunteer opportunities. Encourage her to be excited about her interests, and help her to find activities that will help her discover what she’s passionate about.
Connect Under your guidance, have your daughter continue to connect with professionals in the fields she’s interested in. Encourage her to look for mentors, help her to know what a successful mentoring relationship looks like.