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Job shadowing alters life

Careers: Student finds new passion while learning how to lift fingerprints at ITT Tech

Posted: March 16, 2010 9:08 p.m.
Updated: March 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Kayla Mathis, center, shares the job shadowing experience with, left, John Silverman from ITT Tech and Mike Nugent, Bowman High School work experience teacher.

 
My job shadowing experience at ITT Tech was one of the most amazing hands-on experiences that I have ever had the opportunity to participate in as a high school student. I didn’t think that my goal in life would change in one day.

Before ITT Tech, I wanted to be a make-up designer but that all changed when I walked in the door of a criminal forensics classroom.

Instantly, I knew that I had found a new passion.

My career journey began during my visit to a classroom where a quick lesson on forensics captured my interest. During that lesson, I learned so much that I never knew before. My favorite part was when I went into the lab and learned how to lift fingerprints from different surfaces. Believe me, it was not easy to do.

I felt like I was part of the forensics team already, just being there. When we had to leave the class, I didn’t want to go. I felt like I wanted to return to the class and do much more. I realized I had found my passion in life. It was a great experience that I will never forget.

At the follow-up Groundhog Job Shadowing luncheon, where all the students and employers gathered to discuss their day, I shared these experiences with the audience and reconfirmed my enthusiasm for the forensics program.

I would like to thank John Silverman from ITT Tech and Mike Nugent, my work experience teacher, for this experience of a lifetime.

Kayla Mathis is a senior at Bowman High School.

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