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Job shadowing offers hands-on approach to learning

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — One way for college students to gain a better understanding of the responsibilities associated with a professional career is to participate in programs that allow job shadowing. Cabell Huntington Hospital recently partnered with Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business to allow accounting majors to shadow accounting and finance professionals at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

“This program gives students a first-hand look at how the auditors and employees perform their jobs,” said Monte Ward, senior vice president and chief finance officer at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “Students should see the reality of the careers they wish to pursue. It helps them to gain a better understanding of what to prepare for to make a successful career choice.”

Approximately 20 students participated in the launch of the program with more anticipated to participate as the program grows.

“The students were excited about the opportunity to see accountants and auditors in action. They were able to see how real-world financial statements are analyzed and how to use complex computer technology. They were also able to interact with employees and ask questions,” said Haiyan Chen, dean of the Lewis College of Business.

The program enhances the experience of learning as well as introduces employers to the future workforce.

“We are excited about future opportunities to partner with Cabell Huntington Hospital and other local businesses interested in employing our graduates,” Chen said.