High School students showed their love for flying recently as part of job shadow day for the career ready program at Brunswick County Schools.
What’s life like in the “real” world? More than 60 South Brunswick High School students tasted reality recently as part of job shadow day put on in conjunction with the Career Ready program at Brunswick County Schools. With help from The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Brunswick County Career Ready helped 64 students participate in the opportunity to explore a wide variety of careers.
Thirty-five businesses, ranging from government offices to locally owned companies, gave students a chance to learn the ins and outs of a typical day in the office. To getting a better understanding of what it means to be a professional from the clothes you wear to the importance of being on time, students gained a range of knowledge.
“It is such an important time in the lives of these students,” said Karen Sphar, executive vice-president for Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. “Anything we can do to assist the student in making a better career choice is so worth any effort.”
Amy Sanders, Career Ready Coordinator, made presentations to juniors and seniors looking to take part in job shadowing. Students listed their top three career interests and once applications were collected, Sanders compiled a list to make job placements. A folder for each student with contact information and career-related materials was handed out leading up to a brief orientation before each of the students set sights on a day in the “real” world. After gaining of love for flying as a young girl who spent time in the air as early as 8 years old, Brooke DeMonbreun was eager to get to the Cape Fear Regional Jetport for career advice.
“The reason I wanted to job shadow at the jetport was because when I was a little girl my father, sister and I would attend ‘Big Toy Day,’” DeMonbreun said. “The event consisted of pilots volunteering their time and it really made me catch interest in aircrafts.
“Only being 8 at the time made me very nervous, but I remember gently grabbing the controls and going side to side and up and down. Since Big Toy Day, my dad and I sometimes drive to the end of the runway at the jetport and watch the military take off and land the Osprey for practice. I’ve always told my father that I want to fly one day.”