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 summer session took place August 10-14 2015. Below you will find a summary of some of the student experiences.
Adventist Health System Information Services
Seminole State student, Christopher Lee, received top-notch treatment to several days of Job Shadow experiences with a variety of professionals within Adventist Health System Information Services in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Christopher’s visit included shadowing professionals from cyber security to health informatics. This gave him the ability to network, see operations first-hand and one-to-one meetings with administrators and staff. “Adventist Health System is a faith-based health care organization with a tradition of caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every patient.” This mission shows through in the energy and enthusiasm of the professionals that were introduced to Christopher, in addition to the wonderful tour and leadership provided by Jessica England, Director of Clinical System Optimization & Functionality.
Christopher shared his interest in technology and learned about various roles that may directly or indirectly match his interests and the various career paths related. Jessica shared wonderful insight regarding associations he may want to connect with while in college to better support his career exploration. Ms. England shared that there is definitely a strong need for IT professionals in the healthcare industry and her career path started as an Emergency Room (ER) Nurse that then evolved into health informatics.
Stewart Law Group
Seminole State student, Kaley Ellis, received top-notch treatment to a full week of job shadow experiences with a variety of professionals within the Stewart Law Group in Lake Mary, Florida. Kaley’s visit included shadowing professionals in law, business operations, administration and entrepreneurship. This gave her the ability to network, see operations first-hand and meet professionals in the industry. The Stewart Law Group in Lake Mary has served the greater community since 2009 and serves as a firm that provides legal counsel appearance throughout the State of Florida. Career Development Center Assistant Director, Lisette Dolby, was granted a tour of their law office by Anna DeLuca, Operations Supervisor, who shared a wealth of information regarding the nature of the business and really showcased their need to grow into a building of their very own. Ms. DeLuca shared that this group manages several hundred cases weekly and the business is dynamic when it comes to meeting the needs for attorneys there and all across the State of Florida.
In speaking with Kaley at the end of her week-long experience, she shared that this experience has helped her to integrate what she is learning in the classroom and supported her continued research in career paths related to law and healthcare. Kaley shared that the President of the Stewart Law Group, Leslie Stewart, gave her insight regarding career paths and learned more about what it takes to be successful in the industry.
Total Quality Logistics (TQL)
Seminole State students, Nelson Perez, Ashley Stafford, & Katina Woods, enjoyed a job shadowing experience with Total Quality Logistics (TQL). Their one-day experience was packed with activities as they toured TQL’s laid-back and friendly, yet competitive, atmosphere. They learned about the company’s origins and growth, shadowed a Logistics Account Executive, met with the Office Manager, and concluded the day with a role-play sales competition. The students learned sales techniques and strategies and the fast-paced challenge of conducting sales calls while negotiating transport contracts.
Students Nelson Perez and Ashley Stafford are both enrolled in Seminole State’s Business Information Management program and Katina Woods is pursuing a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Danielle Malagian, Senior National Sales Recruiter, shared that there is definitely a strong need for sales representatives in their transportation logistics business, and that TQL provides professional development support to grow and nurture their sales reps into team leaders and management professionals.
The Seminole State Career Center thanks all of our Job Shadow employer partners for their support of career programming and we look forward to keeping this valued partnership.