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Tyrik Jackson Inspires CHS Students at Career Expo

career expo(May 2, 2022) Tyrik Jackson, owner and director of Premier Barber Institute inspired the students of Cheltenham High School through his keynote speech on Friday, April 29. 

Jackson began by explaining how he got his start at cosmetology school, which he attended with his mom since there were no barber schools in the area. From there, he furthered his expertise by competing in hair styling competitions, until he eventually opened Premier Barber Institute in 2014. 

“Today is not about careers, today is about choices,” said Jackson. He encouraged students to reflect on themselves and discover what they truly want. “Not what your parents want, not what your friends want, what do you want?” 

Jackson told the students to make a list of three things they love to do, three things you can do, and three things to achieve your goals. He encouraged them to think about their goals and make a list for immediate goals (now-3 months), short term (3-6 months), and long term (6 months - a few years). He asked the students “What will your story tell when you look back at your life?”. 

He then called up four volunteers, 3 who viewed themselves as strong, and 1 who viewed themself as fast. He had the three strong volunteers latch themselves onto the fast one and told the fast student to race him to the other side of the little theater. When he couldn’t do it, he took away one of the strong volunteers one by one until he was able to pick up the last strong volunteer and make it to the other side. This was all a metaphor for letting distractions stop you from getting to your goals. 

Jackson closed his speech with the idea: “Distractions are the destruction of your dream in slow motion.”

After Jackson’s speech there was a panel discussion including representatives from Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, PECO, Allan Myers and Brandywine Realty Trust.

At the expo, students surveyed a collection of 40 business and industry organizations and companies from across the Delaware Valley looking to hire various positions. Students explored career possibilities, established connections, heard about workforce development training and learned about opportunities including entry-level positions, registered apprenticeships, on-the-job training, internships, co-ops, job shadowing, service learning, and more. In addition, students received free professional headshots, and complimentary haircuts courtesy of Premier Barber Institute.

Companies and organizations who participated in the expo include Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA), UPS, PECO, AQUA, Allan Myers, Cheltenham Township, ATEI/IBEW, U.S. Navy, Army National Guard, Wawa, Premier Barber Institute, MontcoWorks, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., TransNet (Suburban Transit Network, Inc.), Chartwells, Boilermakers Local 13, Philadelphia Building Trades Council, Brandywine Realty Trust, The Wardrobe!, Finishing Trades Institute and Brown's Family Shoprite and Fresh Grocer, among others.