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OMG Hosts Junior Achievement Job Shadow Days

AGAWAM — OMG Inc. hosted students from three Springfield Middle Schools this month as part of the Junior Achievement Job Shadow Program. OMG has served as a host for the job-shadow program for the past 10 years, and this year’s visits included 48 students from Balliet Middle School, Springfield Public Day Middle School and M. Marcus Kiley Middle School.

The premise behind JA Job Shadow is that while in school students don’t often have the opportunity to develop realistic expectations of their future career and lifestyle options. The job shadow experience lets them see what professionals do in on a daily basis, and is meant to give the students perspective on a professional and diverse work environment.

“During their time at OMG, we introduce them to a few senior managers, take them on a tour, and let them know about our basic hiring requirements, such as the need for a high school diploma or GED, and characteristics we look for such as strong communications and time management skills, and the ability to work well on a team,” said Sarah Corrigan, director of Human Resources at OMG. “We also make it fun and engaging by having the students complete a scavenger hunt of fun facts about OMG during their visit.”

Hubert McGovern, president and CEO of OMG agreed. “The most recent group from Kiley asked great questions,” he said. “They asked about the company’s success record, whether OMG offered benefits like life and health insurance, what percentage of the work force was represented by women, and what we do to help make our employees better. We were really impressed by their level of interest, and the way they conducted themselves during the visit.”

Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG, Inc. is North America’s largest supplier of specialty fasteners and products for commercial and residential construction applications. The company operates two business units: OMG Roofing Products and FastenMaster.

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