The JAG Advantage is based on three pillars: Trauma-Informed Care, Project-Based Learning, and Employer Engagement. Employer Engagement is a critical pillar in the JAG Advantage because it offers our students opportunities to learn about available industry opportunities, network with professionals and future-employers, and develop their career goals. As such, JAG Volunteer partners from organizations and companies are invited to begin, or sustain, their relationship with JAG through guest classroom engagement, typically beginning with guest speaker presentations. Guest speaker presentations are a great first step in the relationship between JAG and you and/or your company. Often, these presentations are stepping stones to further student mentorship and classroom engagement.
Volunteers engage in one or more of the JAG classrooms to deliver a brief presentation about their company, college, or career path. Presentations may be 45 to 75 minutes in length depending upon the school for in-person presentations. Volunteers interested and willing to share a personal story about their career path are encouraged to do so. With JAG currently working 100% virtual, we are also welcoming guest speakers! If you are interested in presenting 15-minute presentation(s) about your industry knowledge, employment opportunities, and other career advice, please attend one of our upcoming New Volunteer Orientation meetings! These 90-minute interactive classrooms introduce the JAG program, detail presentation content ideas, and answer any questions you may have. While the main content typically requires 45 minutes to complete, the remaining 45 minutes in these sessions are saved for participant brainstorming, if there is interest. Please complete this RSVP form to sign up for one of our upcoming New Volunteer Orientation sessions, held on the second Monday of each month from 1-2:30pm MST.
The Employer Engagement pillar of the JAG Advantage model encompasses all the opportunities that are available for professionals to share their industry advice, professional experience, and employment opportunities with students. Where guest speaker presentations are typically the first step in building a relationship with students, a company or college tour is typically a great next phase. JAG students benefit greatly from opportunities to see (and, if possible, experience) the working environments and tasks that they might face in a variety of industries. Campus and college tours offer students an opportunity to determine whether they could see themselves in a given career or college choice. JAG Employer Partners may choose to host a group of JAG students at their location for a building, warehouse or campus tour; share employee presentations and testimonials with student participants; and/or offer students opportunities to participate in short-term job shadowing or internship experiences. Often, these introductory activities lead into longer-term employment as students demonstrate the professional maturity and capacity that they develop through JAG, and employers notice!
If this sounds like something that you or your company would like to pursue, please reach out to us! Our Coordinators will work with you, your company, and/or any other interested volunteers to schedule tours or engagement opportunities at a date and time that works for both parties. Where our Employer Partners are expected to propose an idea for a tour, Coordinators will manage the logistics related to any off-campus experiences, including: transportation, lunch (if not provided by the company), liability release signatures, etc.
Check out the videos below to see two examples of company/college tours. In 2019, both AT&T and APS hosted JAG students at their facilities to learn more about the respective industries and potential career opportunities.
A third major component of Employer Engagement is the placement of JAG students and alumni in sustainable professional positions. Often, through guest speaker presentations, company tours, and/or internship opportunities, JAG Employer Partners notice that there’s something special about JAG students. They’re inspiring and mature, with great hard and soft professional skills. JAG Partners are encouraged to share entry level employment opportunities with JAG to disseminate throughout our employment opportunities network for students. JAG recommends presenting students with both immediate and long-term opportunities to support career pathway development. If you have any questions about how to share these opportunities, please contact us!
Each year, JAG hosts multiple conferences at which students may showcase their developing professional skills, network with other students and employers, and participate in workshops to further their personal and career wellness. These include our fall Leadership Development Conference and our spring Career Development Conference. Employer Partners are a key part of the success and effectiveness of these conferences! At conference career fairs and job expos, we invite our Employer Partners to share resources and employment opportunities with JAG students. Often, these networking conversations turn into employment opportunities for students with partner companies. This benefits the students through advancing their professional goals, as well as the organization, as JAG students are often found to be dedicated and hard-working with strong hard and soft skills. Additionally, these conferences feature competitions where students may submit entries and win prizes for their efforts related to resume building, practice interviewing, public speaking, and more. Each year, JAG invites hundreds of volunteers from our partner companies to evaluate and share feedback on student competition entries. This can be a great opportunity for those new to JAG to gain some experience mentoring students and getting to know the organization. Please reach out to us if you’d like more information and/or would like to express interest in these volunteering opportunities or representing your company or organization at one of our job fairs!