Build a relationship with the future workforce
Strengthen and promote community involvement in education
Make a positive impact on students
What does it take?
Identify a coordinator from the company to organize Career Partnership Day
Register to participate by September 13, 2019
Submit RSVP for kick-off breakfast
Coordinate workplace visit using Career Partnership Day guidelines
Commit 5 hours of the work day to providing students with an up-close look at the world of work
Prepare for students by reviewing the JA Job Shadow™ materials provided by Junior Achievement®
Explain job responsibilities, required skills and possible career paths
Discuss and support students’ job interests and education/career goals
Provide lunch for student participants or provide a time and place for student participants to have lunch.
Best Practices & Sample Agenda
Role of the workplace host:
Work with students and introduce them to the positive aspects of work
Communicate workplace expectations (dress, behavior, etc.) to students prior to the shadow day
Communicate openly and in a nonjudgmental fashion with students
Link learning and earning
Dedicate part of a workday to the student(s) and remain fully available to the student(s) during the visit
Involve the student(s) in interactive activities
Give visiting students explanations of workplace safety, security policies and procedures
Help students understand skills and attitude needed for the job
Demonstrate and explain effective work methods
Suggested structure for your job shadow session:
Introduction & welcome session (20 minutes)
Mission of workplace: what you do
Purpose of workplace: why you do it
Personal note: why is my job important to me? Why I’m glad you’ve joined us today
Workplace tour (20 minutes)
Introduction to key figures and organizational chart
Explanation of various department functions if applicable
Students pair with mentors (Suggested: Three sessions of 45-60 minutes with 5-10-minute breaks in between)
Students will observe and ask questions in earlier sessions
Students can be given a task in later sessions that give them an idea of what it is like to work in your business
Lunch (30-60 minutes)
Ask to review your student’s résumé and discuss his/her skills, experience and dreams
Incorporate the below discussion topics into your conversation
Wrap-up and goodbyes (20 minutes)
Engage a speaker, if possible
Where did you attend school? What did you study, and why?
Have your career and aspirations changed since school?
What was it like when you first entered the workplace? What skills were important to you then? What skills have you learned since? What is the most important skill to possess at your job?
What are your aspirations and activities outside of the workplace? How do you make your work life and home life function together?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What important advice would you give to a current student?