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Job Shadowing for a Future Career

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LAS VEGAS -- Students across the country got a snapshot of what their lives could be during National Job Shadow Day.

For many students, the day was about increasing graduation rates with some workforce motivation.

At Desert Rose High School, the students are young adults taking advantage of a second chance.

Bad influences led Felipe Beltran, 18, to miss more than 100 days of school at Canyon Springs High.

"I used to ditch school a lot because I didn't like it," he said. "It was boring."

But a positive thought turned things around.

"I was in my room, like, ‘I want to do something with my life,' so then I decided I need to go back to school," Beltran said.

Today, he has a perfect grade point average.

He and his peers are sitting down with top-level executives at the Bellagio, then seeing first hand what their jobs entail by shadowing workers.

Desert Rose instructor John Peiser said this offers students the keys to help them move forward.

"It's giving them hope," he said. "It's showing them how to get a job, what it takes to do well on a job and understand the different opportunities that are in a hotel."

About 100 students visited three MGM Resorts properties to check out careers, including in finance, marketing, human resources and entertainment."

"They could pursue just about any career that they can imagine," said Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher of MGM Resorts.

According to Workforce Connections, the goal of job shadowing is to increase high school graduation rates by providing students a glimpse into professional careers.

For Beltran, it's a perspective he's never seen before and doesn't want to take his eyes off of ever again.

"I feel inspired by their stories and, OK I did this and I had to work my way up to this," he said. "It's right in front of me so I'm striving for that goal."

Workforce Connections also has a youth department that assists young adults find jobs after graduation.

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