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Job Shadow, in its most traditional sense, is a program for high school students to find out what it is like to be in a specific profession. This helps the student to choose the college program (higher education/training) and subsequently the profession that they would like to choose. However, the act of job shadowing is also utilized by college students, sometimes within the terms of an internship, or by non-student adults simply wanting to experience a particular career opportunity.

The Job Shadow program requires an employee/company to partner with the school.

Typical steps involved in the Job Shadow program:

  • Schools seek out companies/professionals for sponsoring students for this program.
  • School publishes the list of available job shadow positions with information regarding job descriptions, job codes, special requirements, and job availability.
  • Students sign up and get selected based on availability/requirements/preferences. Preferences like student of sponsoring parents.
  • Student fills out a packet of information including emergency contact information, medical treatment authorization, program liability release form, and student resume.
  • Shadow orientation meeting with the students including job, host, meeting location, and contact information.
  • Actual Job Shadow

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