At WCCS, we believe that God has uniquely called every one of us to serve – and has given each of us different passions for areas of service. Our students are given the opportunity to serve in a variety of areas from our youngest at the lower school to our graduating seniors at the upper school so that each one can begin to determine how God is specifically calling him or her. We want each student to discover gifts and talents that will allow them to bless our world as disciples of Jesus Christ.
One of the ways that we strive to help each student identify his or her individual calling is through the experience of job shadowing. Shadowing can help students explore career paths that they might be curious about and help them determine whether or not God is calling them towards a particular field of study as they embark on life after WCCS. This past week, our seniors were given the opportunity to shadow a range of individuals in the workplace in various ministries and professions in and around Rock Hill. Some were even current WCCS parents and alumni! Some of the careers our seniors are exploring include nursing, law enforcement, physical therapy, engineering, graphic design, mission work, education, construction management, computer science and fashion merchandising, just to name a few! Many of them came away from the experience with a more clear picture of the direction God has on their life.
Here is what a few of them had to say about the experience:
“I job shadowed at JAARS (Jungle Aviation and Radio Service, a ministry in Waxhaw, NC that makes Bible translation and language development possible). It increased my desire to be a missionary. Many people in this world do not have a Bible in their heart language or native tongue. JAARS tries to make that happen. An interesting experience I had while job shadowing was that I got to ride in a missionary plane. I got to sit in the co-pilot’s seat and wear a head set. The pilot told me not to push any buttons or mess with the steering wheel. It was the best experience! I hope I can bless this world as a missionary, leading people to Jesus and helping them [discover] their own call in life.” – Anna Hutcheson
“I shadowed Product Launch Advisors, LLC with [WCCS parent] Richard Gregory. I feel like God wants me to do mechanical engineering to create or improve technology that can help better people’s lives. One “take away” from this opportunity that I never want to forget is that engineering isn’t just about being smart, but rather working hard. I hope this experience drives me to improve on myself and my work, constantly getting better and better and leading people to Jesus.” – Connor Oedewaldt
“I job shadowed at Westminster Towers with Heather Brady. I believe God is calling me to be a nurse, specifically towards pediatrics. I have always loved kids and loved helping people. I would hope to bless the world in my profession by showing the love of Christ to all my patients and spreading the Gospel. While job shadowing, I saw firsthand the patience and love nurses have in their hearts for their patients. The nurse I shadowed was in charge of giving all of her patients their medicine for the day. She knew her patients very well and knew exactly what to say to convince them to take their medicine. I thought it was awesome that she adapted to each person and will definitely remember that in the future. One thing I will take away from this experience is to always have patience and show them God’s love. I hope my Christian worldview will impact my career in the way that I treat people and that they will see Christ in me every day.” – Kara Hill
“I job shadowed at Imaginovation (a web development and design company) and would like to work in cybersecurity, working on better ways to keep people safe. [Through this experience] I learned that a lot of people in the computer science field are absolute nerds and they are very fun to work with. It made me want to serve in that field! [I also learned] that Spanish is a valuable tool to have when looking for a job. I hope my Christian worldview will lead me to a job where I can work in something I love and be a blessing and example to my coworkers.” – Gerald Wheaton
As we have students actively seeking God’s call on their lives, will you join us in prayer not only for our seniors, but for each WCCS student – that they will begin recognizing at an early age that God has a unique purpose for each and every one of them…not just in the college, careers, or spouse that they might choose, but in their day to day activities. We pray that they will spend time in His Word, learn to recognize his voice above the world’s, and look around them to discover how He is specifically calling them to reach out to others in the name of Jesus Christ.