Seminole State Students Explore Careers During Job Shadow Week

The Job Shadow Program is a one-day to a week-long, voluntary experience providing Seminole State students an opportunity to explore specific industries or career fields of interest, while being exposed to work environments and networking with professionals. The spring session took place May 4- 8, 2015 and hosted over 60 students at over 30 employer locations. Industries represented included: Education, Early Childhood Education, Accounting and Finance, Computer Science and Information Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Construction and Construction Management, Legal Studies, General Business, Social Services, Healthcare, Criminal Justice, Government and Public Administration.

Here’s a highlight of some of the student experiences:

CFE Federal Credit Union 

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Io’mitzi Dominguez (Left), Fahmida Hussain (Center) and Valerie Moses (Right)

Two Seminole State students enjoyed a full-day’s Job Shadow experience with CFE Federal Credit Union in Lake Mary, Florida.  Students, Io’mitzi Dominguez and Fahmida Hussain, enjoyed a full day of networking, branch operations first-hand and one-to-one meetings with CFE executives and staff.  CFE Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization that has served the Central Florida community since 1937 and is today, a billion-dollar institution.

The students started their experience with a tour of the Lake Mary location from the bank to the gym to the board room and all of the other wonderful amenities afforded the CFE employees.  Io’mitzi is a math major currently and wanted to learn more about career paths that would align with her major.  Fahmida has higher education but is studying at Seminole State working on a certificate to enhance her already attained college degrees and wanted to connect with organizations like CFE.  Valerie Moses, Marketing and Development Specialist with CFE, shared the importance of creating and maintaining a network while in college and encouraged students to consider internships, as well as take advantage of career services (e.g. Business Etiquette Training).

Childtime

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Student Alyssa Gonzalez in the Infant Room

Alyssa is currently a nursing student and ultimately wants to work with women and children.  She currently works two jobs part-time (a retail store and a portrait studio photographer), but she thoroughly enjoys working with children. During the Spring Job Shadow Program she shadowed Childtime Learning Centers and observed mostly the infant and toddler rooms. Activities included participating in and observing: playing with children, changing and feeding, and lesson plan activities.

Debra Pase, Director of Childtime Learning Center in Oviedo, indicated a hiring need for afternoon help with their various daycare rooms.  She was impressed with Alyssa’s performance and instructed her to complete the online application and questionnaire.  Debra stated that the job shadow program is a great way to screen candidates for possible employment by providing a “test drive” opportunity for both students and employers, allowing students a chance to be exposed to the environment, and employers to observe student’s personality and performance.  Students and employers can get a feel for each other and whether or not there is a good fit for the student within that environment or organization.

TelAffects

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Traci Brown, Sales Manager (Left) and Anusha Yerramilli (Right)

Seminole State College student, Anusha Yerramilli, was proudly selected to participate in a Job Shadow experience with TelAffects in Lake Mary, Florida.  Anusha shared that experience was more than she imagined, as she was greeted by various employees working in different capacities within the organization.  TelAffects is a professional business to business sales and marketing firm.  This is a privately held organization founded in 2008 and is recognized as an annual winner (2013 and 2014) of the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families.

Anusha has higher education but is studying at Seminole State working on a certificate to enhance her already attained college degrees and wanted to connect with an organization like TelAffects for future opportunities.  Cheri Gillett, Vice President of Client Operations with TelAffects, had this to say about the experience, “Anusha was absolutely awesome and we believe there is an opportunity for her to intern with us.  It was a great experience.”  Cheri is a Seminole State graduate and we are proud that she was able to connect this student to TelAffects through the Job Shadow Experience program.

Dress for Success

Student Milca Journet Beltran working in the Dress for Success Boutique
Student Milca Journet Beltran working in the Dress for Success Boutique

Student Milca Journet Beltran is currently majoring in Social Work and is interested in obtaining a career in the non-profit and/or social/community assistance field. Currently she is in a training program to work for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. For the Spring Job Shadow Program she shadowed Dress For Success, a non-profit organization which strives to assist disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and career development tools so they may find gainful employment. Milca’s shadowing activities included working in the boutique, observing representatives serving clients, and attending/observing meetings and professional conferences.

Interested in participating? 

The summer session will occur the week of August 10-14, 2015. Sign-up to participate at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sscjobshadow.  Completing this online registration indicates your interest in participating in a job shadowing experience in August. You are not obligated or committed to a job shadow experience until you agree to your match.

REGISTRATION CLOSES ON: June 15, 2015.

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