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Job shadowing opens doors

April 15, 2018


Engineering student Jarar Bangash found answers with Argus Consulting

Johnson County Community College student Jarar Bangash knew he wanted to be an engineer, but he was curious as to what to expect when he actually became one.

By taking advantage of JCCC’s job shadowing program, he connected with a local engineering firm and had the opportunity to tour its offices, meet the engineers and ask lots of questions.

Argus Consulting is located just a few miles east of JCCC on College Boulevard. It specializes in the design and construction of systems to move fuel.

Two engineers showed Bangash around and talked to him about the projects they were working on. They also shared their own experiences in college and discussed the engineering “culture” — a part of the job that is hard to define before experiencing it.

“I left with more information than I sought after,” Bangash said. “It really helped me understand what kind of engineer I want to be and what kind of workplace I want to look for when I graduate in a few years.”

Get a sneak peek at a career

Linda Dubar, JCCC Employment Relations and Internship Coordinator for the Career Development Center, wants more students to take advantage of job shadowing. They can explore their career options and get an idea of what it might be like to work in certain fields.

“That’s the beauty of job shadowing. For only a few hours’ commitment, you can see what a workday is like and learn so much about that career,” Dubar said. “We have a great deal of information on careers in the Career Development Center, but reading or watching a film about a career can’t compare to actually visiting a work site and talking to someone.”

Dubar said most employers are happy to invite students to job shadow. Workers get a chance to share their passions, and students can learn and network with those already in the career.

A chance to ask questions

Bangash said he’d urge anyone to give job shadowing a try. “Just take initiative. Look for what you want. Know what kind of questions you’re looking for, and even if you don’t quite know what you want to do in terms of your degree, still go into it. Go into different firms or different companies and ask them questions,” he said.

Get more information

To sign up for job shadowing, contact Dubar at 913-469-3598. For literature on job shadowing, stop by the Career Development Center, SC 252.

For more information on studying engineering at JCCC, contact Susan Johnson, Professor and Chair of Engineering, at 913-469-8500, ext. 3363.

JCCC for engineering

Bangash chose JCCC to get a good start on a four-year engineering degree. “I knew Johnson County Community College was a great stepping stone,” he said. “They have a wonderful engineering facility here, helpful professors that teach you anything – everything – you need to know at this level of my education, and I think I’ve made a good choice coming here.”