Job Shadow Days

High School Students Gain Valuable Career Insight Through Job Shadow Days
Posted on 11/12/2019

Thanks to numerous area businesses and organizations, 118 high school students in the Douglas County School System now have firsthand knowledge of various professions and potential employers. These students participated in recent Job Shadow days coordinated by their high school CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) leadersDuring job shadow days, businesses and organizations invite students to shadow employees and/or tour their facilities. 

Job shadowing is important because it introduces students to different careers and helps them decide which jobs might be the best fit for them. Some students who job shadow plan to seek full-time work right after high school graduation, and others are looking for insight about what might be the best major for them in college. 

During medical Shadow Day, Kaiser Picture at Kaiser Permanent Permanente  welcomed 20 HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) officers and their teachers for a tour of the new state-of-the-art medical facility at Town Park in Kennesaw. During law enforcement Shadow Day, the Douglasville Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Department welcomed 24 students interested in law enforcement careers. Numerous other restaurants, retail stores, schools, banks, accountants, law firms, and government organizations welcomed 74 students at a third Job Shadow day.  

“Experiential learning is a key component to Career and Technical Education,” said Leslie Austin, work-based learning coordinator for Chapel Hill High School, and one of the organizers of annual Shadow Days. “We value our industry partners in Douglas County and appreciate their willingness to open their doors and provide real world experience and information to help our students with career exploration.” 

In addition to Job Shadow days for high school students, the In Demand Career Expo is designed to get even younger students thinking about which career opportunities might be best for them. According to Ms. Austin, the In Demand Career Expo has a slightly different format from Job Shadow days. Numerous employers set-up exhibits, often at the Douglasville Conference Center, and students are bused to them. The students hear a short presentation from company and organization representatives about what they do and the career fields available. 

“It’s important for our students to think about and participate in their career planning,” says Ms. Austin. She says job shadow days and career expos let students explore specific careers to get a realistic picture of the tasks performed for various jobs, leading to informed career decisions. 

Kaiser Permanente picture
These students listen to a presentation by doctors and administrators at Kaiser Permanente. The presentation was followed by a facility tour.

Picture with lawyer
Local attorney Molly Jones, center, hosted two Chapel Hill High School students who are considering careers in law.

Future teachers pic
These future educators spent time shadowing administrators and teachers at Chapel Hill Elementary School.

Student pic at ESES

This future educator spent time at Eastside Elementary School and visited with administrators, teachers, and school nutrition staff.

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