Students Gain Valuable Career Insight

Students Gain Valuable Career Insight Through Job Shadow Days
Posted on 02/23/2021

“Participation…leads to informed career decisions.”

Thanks to numerous businesses and organizations, many of whom are Partners in Education, around 1,800 high school students in the Douglas County School System now have firsthand knowledge of various professions and potential employers. During the week of February 8 – 12, students participated in Job Shadow days coordinated by their high school CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) leaders.

The coronavirus pandemic forced this year’s format to be virtual. Businesses submitted brief videos that provided information about their profession, the skills and education required to be part of it, and salary ranges. The videos also shared information about typical days on the job.

In prior years, Job Shadow participants would actually go to a business from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to shadow employees and tour facilities. While the actual visit provides an in-depth look at one company, this year’s virtual format allowed students to learn about numerous companies and professions. Videos from 83 careers were available, representing mainstream professions as well as less common ones such as art curator, chef and fisher.

“It’s interesting to learn about all of these job opportunities,” said Kennedy Doucet, a sophomore enrolled in the Nutrition and Healthcare CTAE Pathways at Chapel Hill High School.

To encourage students to view several videos, they were entered in a drawing for 70-$5 gift cards provided by various Partners in Education. By the week’s end, the career videos received an impressive 3,734 views from District students! 

“Students were engaged and taking advantage of the event and asking for access to different career videos,” said Leslie Austin, work-based learning coordinator at Chapel Hill High School and one of the coordinators of the annual event. “Participation in the event leads to informed career decisions,” she added.

All high school students were given the opportunity to view the videos. Participation was required for students enrolled in Freshman Seminar.
In the photo above, Kennedy Doucet from Chapel Hill High School views one of the career videos.
Shadow Day prize winner
Camden Hatfield from Chapel Hill High School was one of the gift card winners. Students were entered in a gift card drawing sponsored by Partners in Education each time they viewed a video.

Below is a diesel fleet video provided by Gordon Foods and a travel industry video provided by Wenck Travel. The videos are two of 83 career videos students were able to watch during Job Shadow days.

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