Job shadowing provided Clay Cecil an opportunity to learn directly from working professionals what a career in civil engineering entails.
He spent a day with engineers at Kentucky Transportation Cabinet–District 4, observing their work both in the Elizabethtown office and in the field.
“I’ve always thought I would be in some form of engineering, but I don’t know which field,” the LCHS senior said.
He decided to take a closer look at civil engineering first because he had a contact at Kentucky Transportation Cabinet – District 4. On the job, he observed bridge inspections and road surveys.
He believes job shadowing is an important aspect of career planning because it goes beyond traditional research.
“It shows what you could actually be doing and prepares you for life after college,” Clay said, noting that he’s fairly certain he’ll study engineering at the University of Kentucky.
His career exploration will continue, he said, and he is working on setting up a job shadow in mechanical engineering.