‘Job shadowing’ opens doors for people with disabilities
UNM to participate in Disability Mentoring Day
The United States Department of Labor and American Association of People with Disabilities will sponsor National Disability Mentoring Day, Wednesday, Oct. 20, in conjunction with Disability Awareness Month.
UNM employees will participate this year by providing job shadowing opportunities for people with disabilities.
“Job shadowing offers a chance for hands-on career exploration and enhances employment opportunities,” UNM Associate Vice President and Human Resources Director Susan Carkeek said. “The 2004 theme is “Career Development for the 21st Century,” and with the range of careers represented at the university, we are the perfect partners for this event.”
Campus visitors will follow a UNM employee-host for two to six hours, observing daily tasks and responsibilities, to learn more about particular career fields.
Staff and faculty volunteers are invited to host an individual with approval from supervisors, as appropriate.
Register for participation online by visiting the Human Resources Web site at www.unm.edu/~hr/ and clicking on “What’s New.” A representative from UNM Human Resources’ Disability Advisory Group (DAG) will contact volunteers in October. Representatives will work with employees and visitors to find an appropriate match. The agency will work with volunteers regarding any accommodations required and provide ideas for planning a job-shadowing day.
Human Resources Staff Recruiting Services and DAG are coordinating the event. DAG was created in October of last year to increase employment for the disabled. The group is comprised of members from organizations including Adelante, Goodwill Industries, the Business Leadership Network, Albuquerque Public Schools, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and others.
For more information, contact a UNM Human Resources recruiter at 277- 6947.