GSA Hosts Job Shadow Day
Fifteen Students from Forest Park High School in Prince William County, Virginia visited GSA on February 11 for the agency’s annual Information Technology Job Shadow Day. The students came to GSA to learn more about IT jobs in the federal government and accomplish five main goals:
Observe the federal IT work force on the job;
Learn about IT jobs by shadowing IT professionals during a workday;
Prepare for the future by learning about IT careers;
Learn about possible job openings; and,
Gain insight into the connection between learning and earning.
After a warm welcome from Deputy Administrator Barney Brasseux, the students attended breakout sessions that highlighted many of GSA’s IT departments. In addition to the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the six other GSA offices made presentations to the students.
GSA project coordinator Sally Kiel said, “These talented Forest Park students represent the federal IT workers of tomorrow. Not only do the students learn a great deal from and about GSA’s IT environment, but we as mentors learn a lot from the students.”
Forest Park High School senior Jerel Gilmer talked about his experience. “I have a better understanding of the important role IT security plays at GSA and how IT projects are related to systems’ security,” he said.
The Federal CIO Council in partnership with the Association for Federal Information Resources Management and Junior Achievement sponsored this annual Information Technology Job Shadow Day for high school students in the DC metropolitan area.
Shadow Day was started by Junior Achievement, America’s Promise, the Department of Education and the Department of Labor in 1998.