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Job Shadow

Job Shadow prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers in their approach to work. In-class sessions prepare students for a visit to a professional work environment, where they will face a series of challenges administered by their workplace hosts. Students learn how to research career opportunities and the skills needed to land and keep their dream job.

Purpose and process

Job Shadow offers students a unique opportunity: a visit to a professional work environment and insights into how to find and keep a fulfilling career.

Students participating in the program will acquire and apply the skills needed in demanding and ever-changing workplaces. Students will be able to recognize career clusters and potential job positions; understand the importance of researching the requirements needed to earn a position; and develop job-hunting tools, such as networking, resumes, and interviewing skills.

Job Shadow is recommended for high school students. The program is composed of three 45-minute classroom sessions and the job shadow visit, which usually is four to five hours in length.

Materials are downloadable and include detailed session plans for the site-coordinator, students, and teacher.

Learning outcomes

Concepts: Career assessment, Career clusters, Career planning, Elevator pitch, Infographic profile, Interests, Job hunting, Job interview, Job outlook, Networking, Professional and ethical behaviors, Resume, Skills, Thank you notes, Work priorities.

Skills: Analyze and apply data, Business communication, Creativity and innovation, Follow written instructions, Formulate answers from personal experience, Identify behaviors, Interviewing, Oral and written communication, Organize information, Present information, Read a variety of sources for information, Role-play, Self-assessment, Technical writing, Work collaboratively.

Curricular or thematic relevance

Empoloyability skills.

How to organise:

Three 45-minute classroom sessions and the job shadow visit at a company or institution, which usually is four to five hours in length

Assessment and evaluation approaches

Fully integrated within the sessions.

Volunteer involvement

Volunteers and entrepreneurs spend "a day" with the students at own workplace.

Additional comments

Additional details in English language can be found online HERE.

Provider country

Contact your national JA-YE organisation.

Provider Institution:

, JA-YE Europe  Belgium

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