For Immediate Release
Contact: Wendy Hinton
Director of Advancement Communications
October 14, 2020 – King’s College Computer & Information (CIS) students are shadowing IT professionals so that they can get a better understanding of their career path and explore their career options. This semester, twelve students have the opportunity to job shadow at the following companies and organizations: William Blagmom, United One Resources; Geno Casceillo, Golden Technologies; Gavin Clarke, King’s College; William Eppley, United States Department of Agriculture; Caleb Graham, The Vanguard Group; Tiffany Guerrero, InterMetro Industries Corporation; Jess Lutz, Tobyhanna Army Depot; Girard Scatena, Benco Dental; Peter Shay, Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Company; Paramvir Sidhu, APCO Holdings; Tyler Sindel, Bandwidth Corporation; and Alexander Solano, biBERK Insurance Services, Inc.
Job shadowing involves spending time following a professional as they perform their job duties and responsibilities. The student experiences a one-on-one relationship with a mentor observing their daily activities and gaining valuable information about their chosen career.
This hands-on learning opportunity helps our students gain information about possible future career interests; observe the daily routine of their mentor; observe a company or business; gain an insight of the academic, technical, and personal skills required by particular occupation; gain an understanding of the connection between college and work; and gain information to assist student's in goal setting and educational planning.
Learning about an organization is simpler for students who, through observation, gain an understanding of how the world of business works. However, for this to be a meaningful experience,
students job shadow someone in their career path interest area. These mentors provide an opportunity for students to experience the world of work and apply their education in a real-world setting. This experience helps students understand the relevance of education through application.
Professor Shirley Yanovich emphasizes the importance of building relationships and gaining insight into an organization and career path. She provides her students with an opportunity to form networking relationships so her students can succeed in growing into internships and career employment.
Yanovich remarked, “I absolutely love seeing the excitement from my students. It is never too early to prepare our students for career paths.” She continued, “They also focus on both hard and soft skills needed to obtain a job shadow. It has been a bit of a struggle this semester because of the pandemic and businesses working from home. However, a lot of our businesses were able to assist King’s College with Job Shadow opportunities.”
Tiffany Guerrero '23, Class of 2023 Representative, commented "I am very eager to engage in the job shadow experience. It is a preliminary step for a long road of ever-increasing opportunities that will be a ripple of my first encounter in my field. Seeking experience in the field reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Milton Berle, ‘If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.’ I can't wait to start building some doors."
“I think the job shadowing opportunity gives students a chance to explore the many different careers within the IT field as well as learning new concepts and ideas within the area,” said William Eppley ’24.