Job shadowing can provide high school students an opportunity to explore a broad range of jobs and increase career awareness. Senior high students can narrow interests and test out job suitability. You can even participate in hands-on activities to test the your compatibility to the job. Shadowing can show you how to apply textbook information to the real world. It is a valuable way to make contacts and could lead to a job offer. Even if you decide the job doesn’t fit, look at the experience as an opportunity to meet new people.
Junior Achievement has turned Ground Hog Day into National Job Shadow Day. So why not plan to join the big event by arranging to shadow someone on Friday, February 1, 2008. If you plan to follow in mom or dad’s footsteps, Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day is Thursday, April 24, 2008.
Tips for a Positive Job Shadowing Experience:
Get the appropriate permission from parents, school, and mentor.
Dress neat and accordingly for the job site. (Maybe polish your shoes!)
Be on time.
Be courteous and respectful at all times.
Go prepared with interview questions.
Write a thank you note to your host and key staff.