As your teen navigates high school, exploring potential career paths becomes increasingly important. One fantastic way to give them a head start is through job shadowing. Job shadowing offers a valuable glimpse into various professions, allowing students to observe professionals in their workplace and gain insights into day-to-day responsibilities.

What is Job Shadowing?

  • Short-term experience (hours to days)
  • Observational, not hands-on work
  • Opportunity to ask questions and learn about required skills, education, and career paths

Benefits by Grade Level:

  • Freshmen: Broad exploration and discovery
  • Sophomores: Narrowing interests and focusing on specific paths
  • Juniors: Gaining practical insights into daily responsibilities and required skills
  • Seniors: Confirming career choices and informing post-high school plans

Essential Skills Developed:

  1. Communication
  2. Networking
  3. Professionalism
  4. Time Management
  5. Critical Thinking
  6. Adaptability

Finding Opportunities:

  • Leverage personal networks (family, friends, community members)
  • Check with high school career centers
  • Explore local businesses, non-profits, and government agencies
  • Research professional organizations and industry associations
  • Use online platforms like LinkedIn and Indeed
  • Encourage direct outreach to companies of interest

Tips for Success:

  1. Prepare questions in advance
  2. Dress professionally
  3. Follow up with a thank-you note or email

Job shadowing is a key to unlocking your teen’s potential and setting them on a path to success. Start exploring opportunities today!

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