Job Shadowing: Teens Check Out Careers

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Sandy Somsen, a counselor at Payson High School, received applications from 75 students who wished to spend a morning on a "job shadow" in their professions of choice.

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Nickia Foss is one of many high school students participating in job shadowing partnerships this week.

Somsen placed more than 50 students with local business people and a couple in the Valley at a recording studio.

"I enjoyed the experience," said Nickia Foss, who shadowed Roundup Publisher Richard Haddad. "I like the fact that he put me in there and made me do the work." Foss' career of choice is to become a freelance photographer, taking outdoor pictures.

The activity is for sophomores and juniors because freshmen are too young and seniors have too many demands on their time like senior interview day, Somsen said.

"The community is just awesome," she added. "They respond so well and are helpful. Some businesses aren't able to take students and they have their reasons. I respect that. Sometimes there are liability issues and it is hard to place students within medical fields, although I did manage to get one placed with an OB in the hospital and one in radiology."

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