SHANNON • A career fair Wednesday provided an opportunity for Shannon juniors and seniors to find jobs and internships over the summer and begin thinking ahead to the future.
Shannon High School seniors Zanya Bogan and Jaliah Tiggs are interning at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, which has opened their eyes to two new career paths.
“We go to the hospital on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we visit the different parts of the hospital to see what we are most interested in and we report what we like or dislike about it, and at the end of June, we will take a CNA exam for our CNA licenses,” Bogan said.
Both students will acquire a license to be a Certified Nursing Assistant at the end of June, and then both plan to go to college to study physical therapy after graduating in May.
Bogan said she became interested in the Women’s Hospital during her internship, while Tiggs said she preferred the action of the emergency room.
“The Women’s Hospital is my favorite because I love working with babies. You get to see how they care for and bathe the premature babies, and how they hook them up to the machines,” Bogan said.
“I liked the ER for the action, there was always something happening,” Tiggs said.
Toyota Wellspring Education Endowment Fund career coaches were put into several northeast school districts last year to prepare students to join the workforce before or soon after graduation, and since the coaches were installed, students from New Albany to Shannon are getting both an education and a job more quickly then ever.
Saltillo and Mooreville High Schools hosted job fairs earlier this spring and Shannon High School followed with a fair on Wednesday.
Businesses in health care, the military, law enforcement, construction and lawn care attend the job fair to provide information to students about internships and job opportunities.
Toyota Career Coach Dee Coleman is a former job recruiter who visited the businesses personally with other school representatives over two days to recruit them to attend the fair.
“Some of the members actually had applications on hand, and we had students work on their resumes before the fair,” Coleman said.
Coleman said some students were looking for summer jobs and were able to put in job applications onsite at the fair for jobs.
“Especially fast food and lawn service, summer is their busy season,” Coleman said.
Coleman said starting to work earlier in life builds experience and work ethic in the students before they graduate.
“If they start off now, then once they are older and out of school, then that job can promote them and it builds that work ethic,” Coleman said.