Job Shadowing: "Try a Career on for size!"
What is a Job Shadow?
- Students have the opportunity to spend up to 8 hours observing a professional who works in the career field of their choice.
- Job shadowing immerses each student in the world of work where they can get first-hand information about job skills and careers. Job shadowing can provide experiences that are as unique as the students who participate. By bringing students into the workplace to see a professional at work, very real and tangible options come alive for them.
- Job shadowing provides exciting reasons why students should apply themselves in school. It creates a critical link between education and success. Classroom exercises conducted prior to and following the job shadow experience are designed to help students connect their experience to their course work and relate the visits directly to career pathways, related skill requirements, and postsecondary educational options.
Why should students participate in job shadowing?
- Helps students “test drive” a career
- Provides an environment in which they can network with professionals
- Demonstrates the connections between academics and careers and helps students learn by making their class work more relevant
- Identifies the skills, qualities, training, and education needed to succeed on the job
- Builds community partnerships between schools and businesses that enhance the educational experience of all students
- Introduces students to the requirements of professions and industries to help them prepare to join the workforce of the 21st century
- Encourages an ongoing relationship between young people and caring adults
Who can participate?
- Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to complete a career/job shadow.
What are the benefits?
- Provide a real-world learning environment
- Provide opportunities to apply to classroom learning
- Provide real-life interactions with employees and employers
- Requires minimal time commitment to determine overall interest
- Build your resume
How do I start?!?
See Mrs. Stevers for a Job Shadow Application and Job Shadow Parent Permission form. Mrs. Stevers' office is located in the School Counseling Office.
What careers can I shadow?
- Engineering - Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Civil, Structural
- Skilled Trades - Carpentry, Construction, Electrician, etc.
- Imaging Science
- Medical Careers
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech/Language Pathologist
- Interior Designer
- Business Careers
- Sports - Business
- Culinary Arts
- Financial Advisor/Planner
- Law Enforcement
- Probation Officer
- Real Estate Agent
- Plant Science
- THE LIST GOES ON!!!....