Name: Austin Ollis Burnett
Grade: 12th Grade (Senior)
School: Knox Central High School
Extracurricular Activities: My extracurricular activities include being the Secretary of the Diversity Club, a member of journalism, and the Treasurer of the UNITE club at Knox Central High School. Along with these activities I also volunteer, along with Knox Central’s Partner Corps mentors, at the Knox/Whitley Animal Shelter.
Work Experience Jobsite: Law Office of Lisa L. Fugate
What has been the biggest benefit of participating in the program for you?
The biggest benefit of participating in this program would be learning new things that can help me in my future and meeting new people on a daily basis.
What is your favorite part of the program?
My favorite part of the program is my place of employment, which is at the Law Office of Lisa Fugate. Lisa has been very helpful to me and I appreciate her so much. I absolutely love my job and want to thank Lisa for allowing me to work for her.
Would you recommend this program to others? Why or Why not?
I would definitely recommend this program to anyone of my peers. This program allows one to get training for future jobs and helps you get an insight at your future career. The program has been very helpful to me and has allowed me to get job experience and work in a career that I may pursue in my future.
My future goals are to attend Union College here in Barbourville and major in criminal justice. After completing my bachelor’s degree I plan to attend Law School and become an attorney.
NAME: Lisa Fugate
ORGANIZATION: Lisa Office of Lisa L. Fugate
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST BENEFIT OF PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM? Receiving an outstanding Employee who has been a great benefit to my office!
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR BUSINESSES SIGNING UP FOR THE PROGRAM? Accept the opportunity of having an individual placed with you because it will truly be a blessing to your business if you do! When KCEOC first called me about placing Mr. Burnett at my office, I was very hesitant. My initial thought was I do not want a high school senior who will not take the position serious. However, shortly after Mr. Burnett began working for me, I was pleasantly surprised and grateful for his employment at my office. He exceeded every expectation I had of him and has truly been a great benefit to my office.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STUDENTS APPLYING FOR JOBS IN OUR AREA? Be professional. When an employer first meets you, they judge you on appearance and personality. We will not hire someone who is unfriendly, rude, or comes in dressed inappropriately for the job. Also, do not be intimidated at the initial interview because as an employer, we subconsciously make the decision whether to hire you or not at the initial meeting. First interviews can be very intimidating and place you outside your comfort zone, but have confidence in yourself, and be professional, and you may get hired.
WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE WITH YOUR BUSINESSES INVOLVEMENT WITH KCEOC? My goal is to show the student all angles of the legal field, in hopes that it will help them decide whether the legal field is the right career path for them. In doing so, if I gain an excellent employee in the process, then that is just an added bonus!