PIMCO Hosts Rosedale
One morning in July, eleven girls from Rosedale's Summer Job Training Program took the subway into Times Square, where they were hosted by the investment management firm PIMCO in their 45th floor conference room. They were taking part in a career development workshop organized just for them by the PIMCO Foundation and staffed by PIMCO employees. The program included a panel discussion on career trajectories for women, a working lunch, and one-on-one sessions with PIMCO staff members for improving resumes and interview skills.
Rosedale's Summer Job Training Program is a five-week program that offers high school students from the Bronx real work experience, along with job training classes. First-year participants, usually entering ninth graders, work at a job in the mornings and take Career Preparation classes at the Rosedale Center in the afternoons. They also take weekly field trips to various professional settings where they can gain first-hand experience of professional life.
The panel discussion on women's career trajectories was moderated by Melody Rollins, head of U.S. Institutional Client Management for PIMCO. Three women from PIMCO talked about their own career paths, explaining how they had prepared for college and then describing their paths from college to their present position. They talked about the challenges they had faced, how they had grown through these challenges, and what they had learned about themselves along the way. The take-away for the girls was that career paths are seldom linear, that they should not be afraid of challenges, and that as long as they are always trying to work with excellence, they will do well no matter what twists and turns they encounter.
In the afternoon session, the girls were paired with PIMCO staff members who reviewed their resumes and gave them advice for interviews. Each girl had already prepared a resume as part of the Summer Job Training Program, and these were sent ahead of time to the PIMCO staff. Besides honing their resume and interview skills, the girls had the chance to experience a real professional setting and interact one-on-one with working professionals.
Reflecting on the day, Rosedale Program Director, Gabriela Fullon says, "Having to speak with a professional they are not familiar with in an office environment gave them the opportunity to practice the skills that they have been learning in the program. It stretched them and showed them what they are capable of, and they would not see this if they just stayed at Rosedale and dealt with the Rosedale staff."
Special thanks goes to Meghan McFarland and Sarah Robinson of PIMCO who organized the event and invited the Rosedale girls.