Job Shadows

What is a job shadow?

A job shadow is an opportunity for a student to have one on one experience with a professional in their career interest.  Business volunteers share their work day with a student to provide a first hand experience of a typical day on the job and discuss core and essential skills needed to be successful in the field.  Job shadows are typically a half day.

What are the goals of a job shadow?

Each volunteer professional will provide a unique experience.  Goals of a job shadow include:

• Educate students about a specific career option of interest.

• Provide first hand experience for the student to learn about a typical day on the job, challenges and accomplishments in the specific career field.

• Show a link between basic classroom skills, including “core coursework” (literacy, math, science, social studies) and “essential skills” (work ethic, punctuality, effective communication, initiative, etc.) to success in the workplace.

• Provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and gain insight into possible career choices.

What does a good job shadow look like?

A good job shadow is engaging, stimulating and informative.  Job shadows should provide students with a deeper understanding of a specific career field.  A great job shadow will result in a connection between a potential future employee (the student) and a future employer (the business/volunteer).

How do I offer a job shadow?

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