Making a Difference at Taller San Jose

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.

Steven Spielberg

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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.  

 

Will Suzuki

Financial Controls Manager at Petra-ICS

 

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