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Jackee Mckahan: I had so much fun at my job shadow experience!

Jackee Mckahan, a student at Copper Hills High School, recently participated in a job shadow at the Unified Police Department and tells about her experience.

My experience shadowing at the Unified Police Department was a stressful and interesting time. Friday was like everyone woke up and looked in the mirror and said, ‘I think I’m going to do something stupid and illegal today!’ The phones were ringing nonstop and everyone was just so busy. I learned that you have to have common sense to help someone when they call 911 or to report something stolen. How the system works is that dispatch receives calls in their queue and then they deal with each situation.

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to work in dispatch. At times the phones were dead, but other times [the phones were ringing] nonstop. They let me listen in on the phones and the radio. I had so much fun at my job shadow experience and I would love to do it again! It was such a positive experience in helping me choose my career. I won’t say that I want to be in dispatch, but it was amazing seeing what they do every day.”

Jacklyn encourages students thinking about participating in a job shadow “to get out of their comfort zone.” She says, “It’s was my favorite activity by far. It’s was a lot of fun; go out and network!”

Talk to your school counselor about participating in a job shadow and experience “real-life” work situations that will help you understand how classroom learning is applied in the world of work.

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