Szawlewicz explained that the school’s smaller size enabled the program to be completely student driven. “Often times, schools are forced to find willing professionals first and then ask students to choose. We started with the girls and then found professionals that matched,” she said.
As is the case when buying a new suit, the only way to know for sure if it’s right for you is to try it on for size first. Much the same is true when it comes to careers, which is why Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA) juniors spent the week shadowing professionals in fields that interest them the most. Students shadowed doctors, veterinarians, accountants, funeral directors, marketing professionals, product developers, hotel/restaurant managers, and more.
“The feedback we’ve received is exactly what we hoped for,” said Melissa Szawlewicz, Director of Guidance. “The experiences either cemented or dramatically changed the girls’ ideas about what they want to do. We are so glad to be able to provide our students with this opportunity and plan to expand the program next year.”
Our Lady of Mercy Academy, located in Newfield, NJ, is South Jersey’s premier, Catholic high school for young women. Founded in 1962, OLMA students are driven to succeed — and thrive on challenging academic, service and leadership programs and opportunities. To find out more, call 856.697.2008, or visit www.olmanj.org