Rogers-Brown Deer jumpstarts work-study student’s professional experience

04/06/17 06:57:am

christorey.jpgThis fall, four students from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee joined the Rogers Memorial Hospital–Brown Deer team, as part of their work-study program. Through Cristo Rey, students work 1-2 days per week with local businesses to defer the costs of their education. 100% of Cristo Rey graduates are accepted to 2- and 4-year colleges.

Jacqueline, a sophomore in the program, is working in Brown Deer’s staff development department, where she helps enter data, update files and create new employee folders. When she isn’t in class or practicing for the school’s track team, she enjoys listening to music, brushing up on her makeup skills, or watching her favorite show: Grey’s Anatomy. In the coming years, Jacqueline plans to go to college and would someday like to work in the medical field as a doctor, surgeon or a mental health-related professional.

Here’s a sneak peek into Insight’s conversation with Jacqueline…

Q: What did you think when you found out you were going to work for Rogers?

A: I wasn’t sure what to expect. Part of me thought I was going to be placed in a random cubicle and given miscellaneous work, but that hasn’t been the case. I’ve been lucky enough to have been placed in a department that has great people, who are always there to help me with anything and provide support.

I really like that there’s always something new happening in my department. Since there’s usually a different routine when I come to work, it makes everything exciting.

Q: Why is the work study program important?

A: It helps me and other students get our feet in the door and gets our names out into the workplace. We get a sense of what it’s like to be a professional and receive valuable experience in various fields.

At Rogers, I’ve learned basic skills like how to print Avery labels and make copies. But I’ve also learned a few skills pertaining to the medical field. I was lucky enough to become certified in CPR and learned how to perform the Heimlich maneuver, take a temperature and insert an epi pen.

Q: How do you think this experience will help you in your future?

A: I’ve learned what it takes to be accepted into a new job. When I help Carole (Carole Carter, Academic and Community Engagement Liaison) look through employee applications, I’ve learned what professionals look for in new employees. It’s given me a better idea of the skills I need to have before pursuing the real-world work force.

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