29 April 2011

Junior Achievers

Dozens of Amway employees volunteer each year in West Michigan classrooms for Junior Achievement (JA). 

Amway Insider’s Sri Soekarmoen McCarthy and Joel Van Kuiken are just two of our JA volunteers.

But today, insteading of visiting the classroom, they invited the classroom to visit Amway.

About 40 students from Grand Rapids Montessori visited Amway to talk with two employees offering different perspectives – Kevin Douglas, Amway’s manager of college talent acquisition and Samantha Bourque, a public relations intern who edits the Interns Expose Amway blog.

Kevin advised the 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to never forget that they may only have one opportunity to make a good impression. He also said it’s never too early to consider what they want to do for a living.  Kevin’s advice for finding that path?   Start with what you like to do and figure out how you can make that a career.

Sam talked with the students about her transition from high school to college and how she learned to manage her time and schedule. She offered practical advice on how students  can start to interact with future employers through associations and groups and opportunities like internships.

One student was already thinking along those lines.  He submitted a question asking how old you have to be to intern at Amway!

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