Job Shadow Day benefits students, employers alike

Posted: Friday, February 16, 2001

In all the talk of the high school exit exam, there's an underlying theme: how best to prepare kids for life after graduation.

A solid foundation in academics is undeniably important, but there are some real-life subjects only experience can teach. And all students must answer for themselves that age-old question: What do I want to be when I grow up?

That's why programs like the Job Shadow Day, a cooperative effort between Kenai Central High School and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, are so important. The day provides a brief glimpse of potential careers.

Cynical adults may see it as a day for the students to skip class. Smart students see it as an opportunity to test their impressions about preferred careers against the reality of the job.

It's hard to say who benefits the most. Yes, students get to check out what's happening in the workplace. Those they "shadow," however, get to see their jobs through fresh eyes and remember again why they chose their particular careers. That's not a bad trade-off.

The businesses who opened their doors to KCHS juniors deserve a round of applause, as do the juniors who braved a new experience.

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