Twenty Rio Grande High School AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students kicked off Groundhog Job Shadow Week at the United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM) today.
During Groundhog Job Shadow Week (GJSW), 15 different employers will host more than 370 students from nine area schools. Each of the employers will customize a set of discussions and experiences for students to learn about the different jobs within each company.
At UWCNM, students were welcomed by the management team who gave them insights on UWCNM’s operations. Students were taken on a tour where they learned about the various work functions before they participated in mock interviews. To wrap up the day, students took part in an actual meeting where they helped plan a career fair that will be held at RGHS in the fall.
“It was great to see how my kids interact in a professional setting,” says Alan Gonzales, RGHS teacher. “We can now build on these activities in the classroom.”
One student told us that it was a good experience and that he learned a lot. Another noted that everyone at United Way seems to genuinely enjoy their jobs and that they all seem to get along so well.
Jeanette Brahl, UWCNM’s Chief Communications officer and the host site manager says, “By giving these students a warm welcome, a chance to see our operations first-hand, the opportunity to interview with many members of our organization and a time to provide feedback about career experience activities, we provided a rich learning opportunity.”
GJSW activity continues throughout the week and into February.
GJSW is a partnership between Mission: Graduate, Junior Achievement of New Mexico, United Way of Central New Mexico, and APS. The event is made possible through sponsorship by Wells Fargo, Lovelace Health System, and AT&T.
Job shadows are part of a menu of career exploration options that includes guest speakers, career fairs, internships, and more. They serve as a training ground for internships and employment. Students learn about jobs in our community and start to build the critical foundational skills needed as they enter the workforce. This activity supports Mission: Graduate’s College and Career Readiness strategy.
Employers interested in participating in career exploration activity throughout the year can contact Selena Hardy.