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Students to shadow employers during Groundhog Job Shadow Week

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More than 370 students from Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) will shadow employees from 15 businesses during Groundhog Job Shadow Week (GJSW) which begins on Jan. 29. Students are members of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs at their schools, as well as RFK Charter School.

Each employer is planning to customize a set of discussions and experiences for students to learn about the different jobs within each company, to develop critical “soft skills,” such as professionalism and interview skills, and to learn about specific topics, ranging from ethics to personal branding to career planning.

Job shadows are part of a menu of career exploration options that includes guest speakers, career fairs internships, and more,” explains Angelo Gonzales, Mission: Graduate executive director.   “They serve as a training ground for internships and employment – not only do students learn about the types of jobs that are out there, but they can start to build the critical foundational skills that they’ll need as they begin to enter the workforce.”

Providing opportunities for students to engage with working professionals through career exploration activities is a strategy that Mission: Graduate employs to help students make the connection between what they are studying in the classroom today and the opportunities that may be available to them in the future.

Participating businesses include: AT&T; AUI Inc.; Bradbury Stamm Construction; Chavez-Grieves Structural Engineering; the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions; Ethicon; HB Construction; Intel; the Legislative offices of Senator Martin Heinrich, Senator Tom Udall, and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham;  Kirtland Air Force Base; Lovelace Health System; New Mexico PBS; Sandia National Laboratories; United Way of Central New Mexico; and Wells Fargo. 

GJSW is a partnership between Mission: Graduate, Junior Achievement of New Mexico, and APS. The event is made possible through sponsorship by Wells Fargo, Lovelace Health System, and AT&T.

Employers interested in participating in a career exploration activity throughout the year can contact us at missiongraduatenm.org

Watch the New Mexico Living interview with Angelo Gonzales and Jennifer Riordan

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