Taking Advantage of Every Opportunity

Taking Advantage of Every Opportunity

Jan 21
Regan Emkes, Senior in Agricultural Communications

I kept getting notification emails back in November along the lines of “job shadow deadline approaching” and “sign up for job shadows” and I noticed them. So naturally, I went and signed up for as many as I was eligible to sign up for. I figured, like with everything else in my time at U of I, “Hey, why not?” Boom. Three weeks after signing up, I was notified that I was the candidate for four different job shadows with four different companies.

At first I was a little wary thinking, “What did I get myself into with this many job shadows?” These companies were all spread out and the last one I went to was even in Wisconsin. I was trying to work as much as I could over break to save up money and prepare for being poor again once the semester started so having to take off four days when I would otherwise be working was also a little tough for me to get a grip on.

Then I realized—I was selected for four job shadows. I have the chance to network with four different companies and to learn about opportunities present in the industry.

My first job shadow was not your run-of-the-mill experience. There was no big flashy office or a bunch of important people dressed up nicely. It was one man who took the whole day off to come to Champaign and meet me at the ACES library to talk to me about one of the most fascinating careers I have ever heard of! And he was just the start of my experience! Through my travels I shadowed 4 different facets of Agricultural Communications such as consulting, journalism, marketing, and advertising so I really feel like I got a feel of the whole industry that would have otherwise been missed opportunities had I not signed up for literally everything available to me.

This job shadow experience was absolutely awesome. Not only were these people friendly, they were also extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and interesting. I am so happy to have had the chance to shadow these great people and hopefully made some lasting impressions on them so that we can all continue to network in the future. I encourage each and every student to take part in these job shadows. They are THE most worthwhile things I have done as a student of ACES/Media thus far.