It’s not often that we get to head back to high school and experience the everyday workings of a 10th grade classroom, so when some agency team members were presented with such an opportunity through Junior Achievement, they were immediately on-board. Shannon Miller, Amanda Flower and Melanie Wright were given the opportunity to each spend two sessions with 10th grade classes at Clyde C. Miller Academy over the past few weeks. The program that they were responsible for? Focus on the Future. This allowed them to review everything from résumé design to mock interviews and even the dos and don’ts of social media as a young professional. Although the classes and programs were relatively the same, they each had a unique experience. Take a look at what they had to say about their involvement.
“On Monday I participated in the first session of my Junior Achievement experience. Honestly, I was super nervous to go speak to a bunch of high school students, but it turned out to be a really fun experience. The students that I taught were all really interested in the material – Focus on the Future. We talked about different skills that are important in the workplace, how your résumé is the best way to represent yourself during a job search and the importance of creating connections and using your network to your advantage. They seemed really interested to learn more about social media and how that can affect them so I am sure when I return on Monday it will be a blast! If you are looking to spend some of your time volunteering, I would definitely recommend learning more about Junior Achievement!” ~ Amanda Flower
“It’s not every day you get to dress up and carry a briefcase… unless you’re going to teach a Junior Achievement class at Clyde C. Miller academy. I now have a lot of respect for teachers for the amount of preparation that goes into teaching a class and speaking in front of groups of teenagers.” ~ Shannon Miller
“I’d say my experience far exceeded my expectations. The reality of it is that I was expecting to walk into a full class of high school sophomores who’d be rowdy and care less about this program. I’ve never been happier to be wrong in my life. The kids completely blew me away, getting really involved in the material and coming up with their own unique ways of learning it. During mock interviews, they had the ingenious idea of having “interview wars” against each other and let their classmates decide who provided the best answer. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see them excited about their futures and taking it fairly seriously. I’ve worked with Junior Achievement before and as always I’m extremely thankful I had this opportunity.” ~ Melanie Wright