The Carrollton Rotary Club sponsored 11 students from Carrollton High School to give them job experience before they even declare a major in college. By doing this, Rotary and the city school system try to help the students discover what they want to do before going off to college.
“This is something that the Carrollton Rotary Club does each and every year and for a very good reason,” said Carrollton High School College and Career Counselor Sally Ingui. “Every year I will identify the students based on what they may want to do in college and what their interests already are.”
Some students will give Ingui an idea of what they want to do and Ingui will pair them up with a member of the Rotary Club that has the same or similar job title the student wants to pursue.
“We are fortunate to have a wide variety of job fields within the club,” Ingui said. “This year we had 11 students — 10 seniors and one junior — shadow individuals to see what the job is like. Of course, not all jobs are glamorous or are exciting every day and that is what we wanted them to understand.”
Club members volunteered their time to take the students in and show them what they do on a day-to-day basis. The practices were flexible enough to have students come in when it was convenient for them and work around their class schedule.
“All students take either AP or IB classes,” Ingui said. “We give them the opportunity to shadow and to me, this is a meaningful opportunity to give the students because they are given the chance to immerse themselves in a job where they may wish to be.”
According to a December 2017 U.S. Department of Educations study, about 30 percent of undergraduates have changed their major at least once within their third year of school.
“The students are given the opportunity to ask questions and observe and that gives them a step up before they declare their major in college,” said Ingui. “Students are given the chance to find out, before they head to college, what they are really interested in.”
Ingui said the students are making a huge decision when they declare a major.
“The Rotary Club members have been open and willing to invite students to shadow,” she said. “That goes to show the care that our community has for the students and their success.”
Carrollton City Schools offers opportunities to their students through partnerships with Southwire. Carroll County Schools has established two College and Career Centers to give students the chance to work ahead and earn college credit while discovering what they may wish to do in the future.
The 11 students who were picked by the Rotary club members were able to shadow jobs at various companies and groups in the community such as Carroll EMC, First Baptist Church, Carroll County Board of Commissioners and Carroll County Animal Shelter.
“We will be opening up job shadowing for all juniors and seniors at Carrollton High School on March 2,” Ingui said. “It means the world to me for the students to experience the things they are interested in before they go off to college. This is a time in their life where they can have fun and learn what they may want to do before they are in college.”