In her own words: Jenna Fields, Human Resources Coordinator, Phoenix Sintered Metals and Superior Energy Resources
What or who fueled your interest in manufacturing?
I was in my early twenties when I first started becoming interested in the manufacturing industry. I would see the job openings, but the connect really came when I started looking at the importance of these roles and the materials being produced. As the opportunities arose, I learned more about how items being manufactured are used in our hospitals or even our cars. I was able to meet with other professionals within the manufacturing industry and see their passion about the training opportunities from within organizations and the various skills needed and how to obtain them to aid in employee growth. From that point on I wanted others to make that same connection and see the value in their positions and ensure that we weren’t missing out on sharing this knowledge with our youth.
What is your current role in manufacturing?
I am the Human Resources Coordinator for Phoenix Sintered Metals and Superior Energy Resources. In my role I am connecting individuals to positions. The most common form is through application and resume screening. However, we like to be involved with our youth and ensure that they are aware of the career opportunities available to them as well. Career or training events provided by our local school districts allow younger age students to begin thinking about future employment, schooling or training opportunities.
Describe your path to get to where you are today.
I started my career path beginning as a recruiter and working with numerous companies within our area. It was during this time that I first learned just how large and prominent the Manufacturing Industry is in our area. I had the opportunity to visit with different companies, learn the positions, job duties and the required skills for the available positions. I then transitioned into working on the training side of things while continuing to link individuals to employment but also ensuring that the skills and education aligned with employment goals. I worked alongside other experts engaging youth and adults in training and the workforce. I continued to see the growth in the Manufacturing Industry and the employment needs. I am now continuing to link individuals to employment opportunities in my current role while also being actively involved in ensuring the next generation of the workforce is aware of in demand Career opportunities by sharing the knowledge and hands on opportunities of what is available, and the training steps needed to advance.
What is your Superpower?
My superpower is Inspiration, I have the power and ability to inspire those that I interact with to try new things, step out of their comfort zones and help spark the process of setting goals for employment or education.
Why is your role important to others – like to customers or end users?
In my role transition is most important. However you may be entering into our organization whether that be through an internship, Co-Op opportunities, re-entering the workforce or making the switch from another organization we went to ensure a smooth transition. Taking a step into the unknown can be unsettling so ensuring that everything is streamlined, your work area is ready, you are informed from the minute you step through the door and having the tools to succeed from day is the key to success.
What do you think the future holds for your career or others you inspire?
For me and my position the future holds endless opportunities to share and inspire. I hope that through conversation, demonstration and giving opportunities to the youth in our area opens a door of being engaged and interested in the manufacturing industry.
Side Note: Jenna is also part of the PA Dream Team for Clearfield/Jefferson Counties.