On Thursday, December 8, 2016, members of the Bethesda business community and students from B-CC High School will partner to provide students with the opportunity to explore the world of work by visiting workplace sites and shadowing a volunteer mentor for the day. Career Partnership Day helps students prepare for their future by revealing new careers to them and giving them the opportunity to see firsthand the connection between learning and earning, answering the age old question, “Why do I have to learn this?”
A Partnership to show youth what's possible.
Career Partnership Day, presented by Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, helps students learn about work by taking them behind the scenes in a business, often providing their first real look at jobs in the 21st Century. Spending time at a work site can even help change students’ attitudes about schools and their future. Prior to their workplace visit, students prepare by examining specific skills and career clusters, completing their own career assessment and a mission statement for their job shadow on Career Partnership Day. While at one of almost 50 regional businesses and organizations, students collect information to help fine-tune their planned path beyond high school. Following Career Partnership Day, students analyze their experience and share lessons learned with their peers.
A recent report that surveyed students after the JA Job Shadow™ found that 98 percent of students agreed that doing well in school helps them achieve career goals. Job shadowing helps students learn about work by taking them behind the scenes in a business; 90 percent of students felt the Job Shadow experience made them more aware of career options; and, 88 percent of students felt that participating in Job Shadow made them realize the importance of staying in school.