As a result of an inquiry (“I want to be an engineer and I have a project to job shadow someone”) sent to Schnabel via the contact page of our website, Mishwa Bhavsar, a junior at Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, Pa., shadowed Kirsten Wilde of West Chester’s geostructural group on Friday, January 5. It was excellent timing, as Branch Leader Mike Roscoe had organized a lunch program, “2017: The Year in Review,” during which various folks made interesting presentations related to their departments. Kirsten also introduced the young student to staff who represented diversity in age, points in their careers, and discipline focus.
Mishwa, who came away from the experience with a realistic perspective of what it takes to run and work at a business in the A/E/C industry, shared her impressions back at school in a PowerPoint presentation. It concluded with her final thoughts, which were, “It is a great field to work in because you don’t have to work on only one thing every day,” and “It was a great experience to have, which could help in the future when we really start looking for a job.”