Employees give high school students a first-hand look at career options

Thanks to the efforts of 22 City employees from five departments, Minneapolis high school students had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at a wide range of careers.

The focus of the recent job shadow event was STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) careers. The students, from Henry, Edison, North and Transition Plus high schools, learned about what it takes to attain a career in a field that interests them. The job shadow process also helped students see the meaning to their schoolwork and how decisions they make today can impact their future.

Many of the job shadow event hosts reported that they gained a greater awareness of the students’ world and new insight into their own careers. One host said, “It was nice to see the interest of the student. It made me think about my job in a different way.”

Job shadow hosts included:

·         Information Technology: Sybil Luft, Bert Sletten, Becky Andreasen, John L. McLain Jr., Randy Mikkelson and Deb Haines Brandenburg.

·         Regulatory Services: Narin Sihavong, Charles Foote, Stacy Hermanson, Katie Lampi and Sadie Koller.

·         Community Planning and Economic Devleopment: Erik Hansen, Anne Fischer, Greg L. Davidson, Cathy Polasky, John Smoley, Kristin Guild and Darrell Washington.

·         Convention Center: Linda Denson, Jeff Geiselhart and Lane Carlson.

·         Fire Department: Cherie Penn.

 

Published Jun. 6, 2012