Students complete job shadows at potential careers

As January approaches, many students are putting their finishing touches on their senior projects. A requirement for the senior projects is spending the day shadowing someone in a student’s career interest.

Seniors Rory Zimmel and Peyton Kolovani recently performed job shadows that were based on their future intentions. Zimmel is looking into becoming a sports manager.

“It was really exciting seeing the fast-pace aspects to a career in sports,” said Zimmel.

For her job shadow she traveled to Lancaster to spend the day with a sports manager (Mike Reynolds) with the Lancaster Barnstormers, an independent professional baseball team.

 "My favorite part was sitting in on the meetings and seeing how he interacted with his colleagues and the other people that came in,” said Zimmel.

Students sometimes do not realize all of the opportunities and careers that exist. Kolovani expressed interest in cosmetic chemistry, which relates to the production and experimental process of making makeup.

Kolovani completed her project at Act Solutions Corp. in Newark Delaware.

“I really wanted to find a place that would give me an inside look of exactly what my future career would be like on a day to day basis,” said Kolovani.

Though some students choose to perform a job shadows during their junior or senior year, this was not the case for freshman Jalyssa Valentin, who completed her job shadow this fall with an ultrasound technician. 

 “My aunt is pregnant, and I went along with her for an ultrasound, it really inspired me to explore this career,” said Valentin.

Some students feel that the job shadow confirmed that they would continue onto that career path, while other students were grateful that they got to see the reality of a day in the life in career that they may not like too much.

“Once you see the atmosphere you could be working in the future, it really confirmed for me that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” said Kolovani.

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