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A Casey County High School senior who participated in a mock job interview came away with a real job offer, which she accepted.
Emily Shoemaker, 17, said she was so preoccupied with other things she went into the mock interview Feb. 1 at the school with her focus elsewhere.
“The day before the interview, I’m in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) competition deadlines. I’m competing in four different competitions. Ninety-nine percent of my energy was focused on that,” she said.
The morning of the interview, it became something Shoemaker had to get through.
“This is for my English classes and we need to do these. I’ll do what I need to do. It wasn’t my best effort because I didn’t think there was anything at the end of it. It was for practice,” she said.
However, there must have been enough focus on Shoemaker’s part because a representative from Tarter Farm and Ranch offered her an administrative position.
Jenny Runion, senior executive assistant with Tarter, was impressed with Shoemaker.
“It was her drive, her ambition. She knows what she wants and how to go after it. She is a next generation and she’s somebody we want to invest in,” Runion said.
Shoemaker said she was shocked to hear of a job offer.
“They wanted to offer me a job and I said I’m not a welder. I don’t have welding classes,” she said laughing.
The position she was offered is more of a concept without a specific job title.
“I might be working in Excel to going through inventory to possibly computer literacy classes for the night shift,” she said.
As Shoemaker tells her story, it’s easy to understand what Runion saw in her.
Maintaining a 3.8 GPA while being active in FBLA would be impressive in and of itself.
But add into her story working about 30 hours a week as a server at Cracker Barrel in Danville and it’s even more impressive.
“I haven’t had a weekend off in a year that I haven’t had to be somewhere essential,” she said adding the only day she got off was Monday.
But all that changed Monday when she started at Tarter, where she’ll work 40 hours a week while finishing up her senior year at CCHS and looking forward to attending Lindsey Wilson College, majoring in business and marketing.
Still, working for a global concern such as Tarter, going to college fulltime, and juggling family responsibilities at home with her dad, Paul Shoemaker, and her stepmom, Jill Frost, the vibrant young woman glows with confidence.
“Everything I did last year taught me how to handle it,” she said.
Ryan Beard, dean of students at CCHS, worked with teachers in the English department to have 154 seniors develop resumés along with filling out applications.
Beard then contacted local businesses about interviewing the students.
“We had 25 business and community partners interviewing in different categories — CDL training, business entrepreneurship, education, secretarial finance, computers and graphic design, manufacturing and the medical field, among others, all fields where they could find employment in Casey County,” Beard said.
In addition to Shoemaker being offered employment, three other students were offered, and accepted, labor jobs, Beard said.
“It’s been an overwhelming experience. I can’t wait for next year. I think it’s going to do nothing but explode.”