Feedback for the Future on Job Shadow Day

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For high school students looking for real feedback on possible careers, Job Shadow Day continues to provide an unparalleled opportunity to sample dozens of professions.

Part of the career planning class, Deer Park’s job shadow program has been running for about a decade, and approximately 75 current students are eligible to participate in the program. According to business educator Annemarie Lenio, students spend three-quarters of the year preparing for their Job Shadow Day.

This year, senior Joseph Thomas shadowed lead meteorologist Bill Korbel of News 12 Long Island.

“This experience was amazing,” said Thomas. “I went down to the studio in Syosset and spent several hours on the set while they filmed. Bill showed me his news desk and how he updates the forecasts, films in front of a blue screen and reads off a teleprompter. Shadowing definitely allowed me to get an insight on what I might be doing for my career and life. Seeing it up close and firsthand was incredible.”

Oliver Tavares, a junior, shadowed Jose Reyes, former shortstop for the New York Mets and current Colorado Rockies player, and was impressed with the athlete’s spirit and humble nature as well as his baseball insights.

“I learned many things,” said Tavares. “Jose showed me the mental part of baseball, and told me that I need to learn to not listen to the critics and just be me. I was taught many physical things as well. He told me that when I get a ground ball, to have my feet moving and bring the ball to my stomach and release it quicker. This helps me because I will be better prepared for game play.”

Freshman Jenna Piccinone shadowed a dermatologist, helping her finalize her decision to pursue the medical field.

“This fascinating experience taught me more in-depth about dermatology,” Piccinone said. “I learned about how I should prepare for this kind of schooling, what courses I should participate in and about the everyday life of a dermatologist. I was able to witness different types of skin conditions like pre-cancerous and cancerous moles, cysts and eczema.”

Sam Canonica, also a freshman, shadowed a middle school teacher, learning about the profession and courses that would be required. While serving as a teacher’s assistant, he participated in various class activities.

“Job shadowing was great,” said Canonica. “It benefited me by teaching me that this is a possible career that I may want to pursue in the future. I witnessed and participated in what goes on during a normal day. Walking in the shoes of a teacher for a day was a cool experience.”