September was another month for Job Shadowing placements. This time we had four candidates, two were Tanzanian students from the United States on their summer holidays, and two other were students from Feza boys.
Featured today here is the experience of two sisters, Melissa and Linda Geschenk Msinjili high school students.
Linda is a student at County Prep High School, Jersey City, NY 2014 – 2018 aspiring to become a Doctor and the elder sister Melissa from William L. Dickson High School 2 Palisade Avenue, JC, NJ ( Snr 2015 – 2016) aspiring to be an accountant.
“This summer, I traveled to Tanzania, Africa to spend time with family and volunteer in different activities. I was assigned to this organization known as ProjeKt Inspire. They have these different community service and fundraising activities that caught my attention. I was able to work with the organization the last two weeks of my vacation. They had two programs and activities that I was able to participate in. The first activity was just two days before the International Youth Day were they organized a meeting for all youths to be able to talk about their challenges as people of that age group and how they affect the society they live in” Linda says.
Melisa added on by saying ” i enrolled to the Job Shadowing program that aims to alter mindsets and shading light into younger generation’s career options. Since I had a limited time due to my stay, I was present for 10 days. Throughout this period, I had a cup-full of from job sites to health fairs.”
Community Service Hours:
Customizing the experience according to the careers of interest, they got opportunities to get community service hours by volunteering to the International Youth Day Health Outreach. The sisters explain their experience”I worked on the first section, which was registration.After registration, the person is able to be weighed and calculate their BMI, then gets their pressure checked, then their hemoglobin and blood sugar is checked and lastly, they are given a few minutes to talk to a doctor.
It was a really nice way to spend my time because not only did I register people in this event, but I also got a one- on-one with the doctor, teaching me how to check a person’s pressure with the sphygmomanometer, and also the basic idea of different blood sugar levels. ” Linda says .
Mellisa adds on ” As a trainee, it wasn’t an easy task but I was able to work it out with the guidance from the Projekt’s staff. As the sun sets, we concluded total number of attendants and it was exactly 100 making our goal to 67% attendants. It wasn’t that bad for the first day. On the second day my task for the day was to “do the math” meaning I was assigned to calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI) of each customer that lined up. It was an undemanding task for me since am competent in Mathematics though I had to do it as soon as possible so that everyone could have a chance to know their health.”
The Shadowing Experience:
Prior to placements of the shadowing posts, they attended a workshop that built their capacity in a wide range of things. Some of the skills trained on were:
1. Presentation skills and art of Public speaking in a nutshell.
2. Resume writing vs CV writing
3. Introduction to Job Shadowing, expectations and official business etiquette
Being a Doctor
Since I want to become a doctor, they scheduled me to go to three different hospitals with different economic statuses. The first place I went to was Doctor’s Plaza Health Clinic. where i met Dr.Salehe, (MMed) . The other institution that I went to was Somani Medics. This is another private institution with many specialists who don’t come in for duty daily but some days with a specific time.
Lastly, I went to Mwananyamala Hospital, which is more public compared to the others. It is a government institution. I got to walk around with the general practitioner, Dr. Lwidiko.
After visiting all these institutions, although different, I have received the same important advice from everyone. Doctor or no doctor, they said, if one loves what one is doing, they will never notice the pros and cons of a hospital as a reason for them to stop working. There will be a lot of challenges and obstacles but the love towards a certain career will keep them motivated and help them overcome them. This is the primary lesson I learned all this time I spent with Project Inspire and Job shadowing program.
Life of an Accountant
Mellisa explains her views “My dream is to be a professional accountant. An accountant is a person whose job is to keep or inspect financial accounts. I had an opportunity to visit one of insurance company called Fortis Insurance and talk to a skilled accountant in name Zaituni Ramadhani. She opened my mind about everything I needed to know and what I have to achieve to be the best of all. I also learned that accountancy is not all about the Math; nevertheless, decisions about allocating resources.
To conclude, It was quite a good encounter from these different venues. Not only accountancy, but also some other careers like doctors, actuaries and engineers. In every experience, there is always a motivation and discourage. To my side, It really inspired me to be an accountant and always thinking a mile ahead. On top of this, I mastered the quote,” If I have seen furthest it is by standing on shoulders of giants.”
That was part of my summer experience.