Diversity Employers

December 2015

Editorial objective:1- give diverse jobseekers sound information on job opportunities and how to successfully navigate the job search process,2- invite “employers of choice” to share success secrets and valuable information on where the jobs are.

Issue link: http://diversityemployers.epubxp.com/i/601905

Contents of this Issue

Navigation

Page 14 of 31

Diversity Employers | DiversityEmployers.com | December 2015 13 something and see it make an impact on other products. He was inspired by his co-op experiences to go in this direc- tion. He did three co-op blocks; one at USAA, another at IBM and the third on the RIT campus doing research as part of the McNair Scholars program. I've been working with Lennard over the past 3 years to assist him in his co-op and full time searches. He makes my job easy! He is brilliant, easy-going and ex- tremely friendly. My role with him has been primarily in coaching him through the rigorous process we have at RIT (5 co-op placements are required for en- gineering students), preparing him for interviews and building his confdence. Because he is such a high achieving student I often 'nudged' him about applying to some very large, branded employers. He wasn't always confdent but always seemed to receive an inter- view! We started at the beginning with refning his resume and getting it 'co-op ready', the next steps were to begin the application process and prepare for in- terviews. We worked a great deal on this aspect of his career development. Lennard's full time search was fairly seamless. His last co-op was at IBM in Austin, TX and he was able to 'shop' his resume around to several groups and hiring managers after he left. This proved to be a great opportunity as he will be starting there in the spring as a Hardware Engineer. The position is exactly what he was looking for in that it will be programming for hardware. He will also have the opportunity to be a part of patent work. When asked what he is looking forward to the most he replied, 'Paying of debt – and get- ting to do hardware engineering!' His advice for other students preparing for their careers is to fnd co-op positions at companies who have pipeline programs to fulltime opportunities. u Jeanetta Miles, Drafting Technology student at Albany Technical College, never knew she would fnd herself just one class away from graduating. Just four years ago, she fnally earned her high school diploma after being away from school for nine years. During those nine years, Miles found herself struggling in life. She had put her life and dreams on the back burner while she cared for her children and mother. Her life up to that point had been full of challenges and hardships that seemed too overwhelming to conquer. However, one day, while looking at her children she realized she had to make a better life for herself. She real- ized that if anything happened to her parents or herself, there would be noth- ing for her children and they could face the same hardships she had to endure. In 2010, Miles reached out to Even Start, a program that helped her to complete the requirements to earn her high school diploma. Once she had overcome that hurdle, she enrolled in the Strive to Thrive program where she successfully completed and became a volunteer to help others succeed. "I realized I had to change my situ- ation, break old habits, and change my mindset," said Miles. "It is through the grace of God and my children that I am here today." That decision to change brought Jeanetta to Albany Technical College, where she came across Chinelo Ochie, Albany Tech's Drafting Technology in- structor. Ochie had been Mile's drafting teacher at Dougherty High School and she was surprised to see her at Albany Kimberly DeLardge, Assistant Director- Diversity Initiatives, Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, NY One of Lennard's career goals is to 'invent something'. He wants to patent something and see it make an impact on other products. He was inspired by his co-op experiences to go in this direction. College Student Success Story- Albany Technical College Jeanetta Miles - Albany Technical College, Albany, GA Major: Drafting Technology, Associate Degree Hometown: Albany, GA Employer: SRJ Architects Job Title: Drafter By Judy Jimmerson Miles found herself struggling in life. She had put her life and dreams on the back burner while she cared for her children and mother. Her life up to that point had been full of challenges and hardships that seemed too over- whelming to conquer.

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Diversity Employers - December 2015