JA Job Shadow Program Summary

JA Job Shadow meets the needs of a diverse group of high school students by providing engaging, academically enriching, and experiential learning sessions in work-readiness education and career perspectives. There are two pre-visit and one post-visit required, teacher-led sessions.

The key learning objectives listed beside each session state the skills and knowledge students will gain.

Session One: Perfect Match
Working in groups, students conduct mock interviews. They are introduced to the 16 Success Skills and the Job Shadow experience.

Key Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate skills based on personal experiences.
  • Demonstrate effective interviewing skills.
Session Two: Now What?
Individually, the students prepare a resume and complete the paperwork necessary for the upcoming Job Shadow site visit.

Key Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Prepare an individual resume.
  • Evaluate work-readiness skills.
Session Three: Looking Back
Students use the work-readiness skill Reflect and Evaluate to complete a personal action plan.

Key Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate their personal progress.
  • Prepare a business thank-you note.

JA Job Shadow enhances students' learning of the following concepts and skills:

  • Concepts - Career cluster, Interests, Interview, Reflect and evaluate, Resume, Skill, Work-readiness skills
  • Skills - Analyzing and interpreting information, Brainstorming, Critical thinking, Goal-setting, Oral and written communication, Public speaking, Self-assessment, Working in groups

JA Job Shadow is a three-session course, plus a Job Shadow site visit and is recommended for students in grades 9-12. Instructional materials are downloadable and include detailed activity plans for the site-coordinator, students, and teacher.

All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. These programs also augment school-based, work-based, and connecting activities for communities with school-to-work initiatives.