JA Job Shadow
JA Job Shadow provides students with a close look at careers and takes students directly into the workplace to learn about careers. The experience gives students the chance to see how the skills learned in school relate to the workplace, enhancing the relevance of their classroom curriculum and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school. It also provides the opportunity for students to explore career options and learn what it takes to achieve their career goals.
Benefits to Students
During a visit to the host business site, students are exposed to real-world learning and the latest technology, while observing life skills that are as important as the traditional "three Rs" of basic education (reading, writing and arithmetic). In fact, one of the key benefits of a job shadow program is that it helps students recognize the link between academic subjects and actual workplace skills..
Additional benefits include:
- Working as part of a team
- Exploring the range of existing and emerging career tracks available in your company
- Learning what it takes to be successful in the workplace
- Navigating and fitting in with corporate culture
- Experiencing a typical day on the job in your office
- Dressing and speaking professionally
- Being on time and prepared to work
- Solving problems
Benefits to Businesses
JA Job Shadow provides great benefits for business hosts. Employers have the opportunity to showcase their industry, products, and services. When employers host students, they also are helping to ensure the quality of the future workforce. They have a unique opportunity to instill in students a sense of what it takes to be successful: the necessity for hard work and persistence, the importance of good communication, and a positive attitude.