- 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 agency to organize your Federal IT Job Shadow event
- Register to participate online at myja.org/federal-it-job-shadow-host-registration-form
- Coordinate workplace visit using the Federal IT Job Shadow guidelines
- Commit 4-5 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®
- Discuss and support students’ job interests and education/career goals
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?