WBL: Job Shadowing
WBL = Work-Based Learning
Job shadowing embeds students and gives them an up-close look at a particular occupation, company, industry, and career path. The designed activities:
- Promote exploration of a field of interest;
- Help students make the connection between school and the workplace; and
- Inform their career planning.
Through shadowing, students can practice and demonstrate key work-readiness skills such as communication and appropriate workplace behavior. The activities:
- Allow students to listen, receive information, and ask questions.
- Enable students to begin identifying areas of career interest;
- Build knowledge about the education and training needed for a particular job, career path, and entry into the industry.
Business: Interest form
Teacher/Student: Approval to miss class
Format & Outcomes
Three formats deliver unique experiences as activities are organized through:
- Classroom preparation, including research on the occupation, its industry and the participating company;
- Employer orientation and support; and
- Reflection on the experience orally and in writing.
Tools and Materials
Job shadowing organizers and participants can use the following resources to plan, implement, and review.