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Students learn the value of a good handshake and potential career paths

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Almost 300 Los Lunas High School students learned tips to help them land a job in Los Lunas during a career exploration day.

More than 50 Los Lunas employers and community members provided mentoring and more during mock interviews. Some tips were as simple as looking your interviewer in the eye and the characteristics associated with a good hand shake.

Students learned about the operations of Facebook, Aristech, and CEMCO, three Los Lunas-based companies during presentations. They also learned about the different jobs available, the level of education needed, and how to apply for employment at these companies.

They also played the Career Interest Holland Game in which students learned about their interests and skills. The premise of the game is that knowing your personality and the kinds of things you like to do can help guide you toward work environments and careers that are good matches. 

It was an amazing morning for the juniors," says Chris O'Conner, Los Lunas Schools Internship Coordinator. "The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. What both the employers and students wanted was more time." 

Students told us: 

I can use the tips I got here on my first interview!”

"I will make eye contact and know my strengths”

"I can look for a job/career that matches my personality and what I want to do”

"I can look at all the opportunities out there”

Thanks to all of the companies for participating, and to Los Lunas Schools for coordinating such a great event.

Similar events will be held at other Valencia County schools this month.

To learn more about Valencia County’s Career Exploration Initiative, contact Teri Wimborne at teri.wimborne@uwcnm.org.

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