I, along with several of my colleagues from Petra-ICS, recently had this mentorship opportunity at Taller San Jose. An innovative program founded in 1995 by Sister Eileen McNerney, a member of the congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Through workshops, Taller San Jose provides the youth within the community a support system that teaches them how to get and keep employment with a living wage. As volunteers, we were provided information on a company’s history and a job description. We then played the role of hiring manager and went through mock interviews with the students from Taller San Jose.
I was able to draw from my professional work experience and provide positive and constructive feedback to each student’s preparedness, resume, interviewing skills, poise, and appearance/attire. At the end of the mock interviews, all the volunteers and students reconvened for a brief Q&A. Shortly after we got back into the office, I received the following email from one of the students:
Dear Mr. Suzuki……..I would like to thank you for working with me on my interviewing skills. I will remember all of your helpful insight in future interviews.
This brought a smile to my face! I look forward to the success of the Taller San Jose students and hope to continue as a mentor for them.
Financial Controls Manager at Petra-ICS