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 them a first hand experience of a typical day on the job and discuss core and soft 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 “soft 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).