Orange Connection is the ultimate exploration opportunity for students to connect with alumni in a real life work setting and a major networking opportunity, TJ Warren, the Pathways career associate for vocation and mentoring, said.
Orange Connection is a mentoring program that allows students the opportunity to job shadow alumni for a day and half in either Chicago or Des Moines.
“Orange Connection allows [the student] to say, ‘yes I am on the right track this is what I want to do or this isn’t what I expected,’” Renee Voves, director of alumni and parent relations and giving, said.
Students who have participated in the program have found it to be extremely insightful.
Lindo Simelane participated in the program in Chicago where he shadowed a 2005 Wartburg graduate who works at Navistar, a large corporation that makes engines, military vehicles, school buses and trucks.
“Being that special person getting shown around, experiencing things that I have never thought of—you don’t learn this in class,” Simelane said.
Elizabeth Lavenz participated in the program in Des Moines where she had the opportunity to shadow Carrie Mickey, a 1995 Wartburg graduate, who teaches at a school in the city.
Lavenz saw different techniques to teach English as a second language students.
“It was good and it was really different,” Lavenz said.
“You wouldn’t be able to tell English was [the student’s] second language and that they were not different.”
Participating in the program is a great way to decide if the career path you are on is a good fit for your future, Lavenz said.
It is also a good chance for students to discover if they like living in a bigger city.
While Lavenz enjoyed her experience in Des Moines, she discovered that living in a place like Des Moines isn’t the right place for her.
Applications for the tour week trip, April 18-21, are due Monday, Nov. 10 by 4:30 p.m.