For the Very First Time, We Saw Where Our Food Comes From
Growing up in the neighborhoods we've grown up in, we've never had a chance to see where our food comes from or how it's created, and we've never seen an actual farm. That all changed in the eighth week of the Pathfinder Fellowship. We visited Nestle Corporation and headed to an urban farm, Muir Ranch in Pasadena.
We initially thought that Nestle only makes chocolate, but we quickly discovered that they're one of the biggest companies in this world and every year they sell around $1 billion worth of food products—everything from bottled water, breakfast cereals, coffee, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, pet food and last but not least candy.
When we arrived in at Nestle, we were greeted by Stephen Leach, who is their manager of community relations. He shared with us a bit about how he got to Nestle and offered us some wise advice. "You never know who you meet down the road and before you know it those will be the people that might hire you for your next job in the future," he said. He also shared that you never know when you are being evaluated for a job so it’s important to always act your best and be professional wherever you go, whether its walking to the store or even just going on a lunch break with someone.
We then met Erika McNeil, who is a workforce diversity specialist at Nestle. McNeil had a career and business etiquette workshop for us to participate in. We got to learn and practice how to interview, how to be professional, and how to network. We learned that when you're interviewing you have to use what’s called the STAR method: Situation, Task, Action, and Result.