Job Shadow

Students spend day as journalists

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Every year my school, Kenai Central High School, has a Job Shadow Day. On Job Shadow Day, students get to pick one of their favorite jobs in the community and go with one of the employees to that job. This day is beneficial because not only do students get to spend a day learning about a job, but they also get to decide if that job is something they would like to make a career out of in the future.

I was fortunate enough to go to the Peninsula Clarion as a job shadow. I chose this place because I'm interested in photojournalism, and I thought that this would be a good place to learn about it.

After going there, I was pleased with my decision. Not only did I get a tour of the building, but I also got to learn how the paper was made and put together, right down to every last ad or comic.

I learned that every employee in this occupation has a different job, about that job, and each employee has a set of hours they have to work to make deadlines.

At the end of their work day, every piece of the paper comes together for the community to read the next day.

The people at the Clarion are good at doing that for how complicated this job can be.

One of my favorite parts of this experience was being able to go with reporter Phil Hermanek, who writes articles about crime, to the Kenai and Soldotna police departments to get information and learn how to write the articles he puts in the paper.

It was good because going somewhere to get information made it feel like I actually worked at the Clarion. The people who showed me around and taught me were nice and informative, and I am grateful I had an opportunity to do this.

As a student in high school, it is hard to grasp the fact that we do not have long until our basic schooling is over and we have to get out into the real world. On Job Shadow Day, we get an opportunity to learn about jobs we might be interested in for the future. Looking into different jobs early is a good start to being successful in this thing we call life.

Overall, I had a great day. If you're a student who might get the chance to go on Job Shadow Day in the future, take it, because things like this you might "have to do" or that you may not think you will enjoy may surprise you in the end.

Ashley Howell is a junior at Kenai Central High School.

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