Job Shadow Day
More than 50 high school seniors were selected by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce to shadow employers with a business or company of their choice. It’s all an effort to help steer students towards their preferred career path.
High school seniors have so much to look forward to after high school and it’s important that students know or at least have an idea what path that would like to follow. The Chamber partnered with Calhoun County Schools to demonstrate to students what life after high school could possibly look like for them.
60 seniors were sent to numerous businesses, companies, and even government based jobs throughout Calhoun County for a day full of observation and even some hard work. Students were sent in pairs to places like Oxford Police Department, Regional Medical Center in Anniston and other locations. Programs Director Krychelle Smith says it’s important that young adults understand the opportunities and possibilities within this county.
Emily Vaughan and Andrew Edwards are seniors at Oxford High School. Vaughan plans on furthering her education going into the medical field but chose to shadow employers at the Oxford Police Department. Edwards wants to attend Auburn University and become an Architect and decided to shadow at the Anniston Museum of Natural History. Both Vaughan and Edwards share why they believe it’s important to venture out into the job field and always have a back-up plan.
Smith also says that it’s important for students to have that one on one time with the employer to really grasp the concept of what their job details on a day to day bases. That’s why students are sent to job shadow in pairs. The next job shadow day will be held in the spring of 2019.