Ten high school students shadowed South San Francisco Rotary Club members on Thursday, learning about professions as diverse as firefighting, printing and medicine.
The annual event is meant to expose and students to new careers and experiences.
South San Francisco senior Ernesto Teellez plans to be a firefighter after completing studies at the College of San Mateo, but he said he learned something new during his morning with South San Francisco firefighters.
"I learned that they do much more [than just fight fires]," Teellez said. "More than 80 percent of their calls are not about fire hazards."
Teellez and three other students got to see firefighters use the jaws of life and assist in a diabetic medical emergency during their day. Later, they had lunch with the Rotary Club at its meeting.