Business, Finance, Marketing & Management Career Exploration

Career exploration days offer a great introduction to specific career fields and allow you to explore a broad scope of careers within that industry, all in one shadow experience.

Job shadow opportunities from Kirkwood can show you how to succeed in these competitive, in-demand roles. You'll learn what it takes to set yourself apart for roles in business accounting, financial services, and management.

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Career Exploration Experiences

Discover all of the jobs available within the credit union and get answers to any questions you may have. Explore retail branch positions including teller, loan officer and branch manager; in addition to a career path in web services, IT, legal, learning & development, human resources, marketing, and so much more.  Find out as well how Veridian Credit Union goes the extra mile to make sure employees feel like they belong and why it is consistently voted a top workplace. Held February 2023.

Do you enjoy solving problems, serving customers, and working with fellow owners? Explore the growing fields of supply chain and warehouse logistics while learning how Van Meter’s culture and employee-owner experience makes it a fun place to work! Join the team for a tour of the facility and meet with operations staff to learn about a variety of careers, such as traveling construction coordinator, commodities team member, driver, and more. Held February 2023. Cap of 20.

The Jacobson Institute and the Iowa EdTech Collaborative are partnering to host a startup event in a one-day, fast paced entrepreneurial excursion. Participants work in teams to solve problems they face using entrepreneurial solutions that drive innovation forward.  If you’re interested in developing solutions and starting your own business, this shadow is for you. Tentatively planned for April 11, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Go behind the scenes of one of West Branch's largest fundraising events during a job shadow with the West Branch Community Development Group staff. Go behind the scenes in preparation for the annual Sweets for Success Live Auction and Social event and assist with event planning tasks. You will also hear from members of the Hoover Foundation on non-profit fundraising and from a local business owner on what it is like to own an event venue. Scheduled for April 24, 2023. Cap of 8.

If you are interested in business and/or starting your own company, join us for this great day.  We will attend a One Million Cups meeting where entrepreneurs come together to share their business ideas and get support. You will meet real entrepreneurs and learn the good, the bad, the ugly and how they started their business. It will be a panel Q&A discussion. Then you will meet with Alex Taylor, Managing Director of the Iowa Startup Accelerator and part owner of Woofables and he will give a presentation on "Shark Tank: The Questions and Answers, and Why They Matter." Get the inside scoop on the questions the "Sharks" ask during Shark Tank, learn what they are looking for, and why these questions matter. Knowing the questions and answers helps entrepreneurs be more successful raising money (venture capital), and growing their startups.

Do you dream of opening your own boutique, restaurant or small business? Spend a day behind the scenes with area entrepreneurs to see what it takes to keep a small business up and running! You'll get to witness a few types of business models, tour businesses and meet with Main Street West Branch entrepreneurs to hear real life experiences and ask questions about owning a small business and e-commerce. Cap of 7. Hosted March 24, 2023 1:30-3:30.

Use your creative powers for good! The concept behind art and design is for people to react to your work. Get a positive reaction to a product and - boom! That’s marketing. Chat with graphic designers, creative writers and web coders at Ruffalo Noel Levitz. Learn how they use their creative abilities to help you make one of the most important decisions of your lives - where to go to college. Held February 2023.

Discover the different parts of marketing and graphic design careers in a group job shadow at HR Green. Learn from individuals about their education and skill sets while experiencing various projects the team is working on.  Held March 2023.  Cap of 20.

Curious about project management as a career option? What does this job entail? Is it for you? The demand for project managers and project management skills is on the rise.  If you’re curious about this career, now is a great time to start learning about the field, what it takes to land a project management role, and if it is the right path for you.  Hear first-hand from a panel of local employers on ways you can prepare now for future success, and partake in a hands-on project management activity.  Held March 21, 2023 from 12:30-2:30 pm. 

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