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Become a Job Shadow Host

Job Shadowing allows students to spend 3 to 4 hours with a professional working in the student’s career of interest. It is an exciting experience for both students and employers. Students spend part of the day in the workplace “shadowing” an employee, and learning what to expect in the “real world”. Students engage in early career exploration that leads to better-informed career (and post-high school) choices. Employers have the opportunity to present industry trends and career options to potential future employees.

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Shadowing Engages Students

When shadowing an employee on the job, a student is engaged in the world of work. Understanding the connection between academics and careers motivates students to actively search for meaning and relevance in what they are learning in the classroom. Students also find out what educational background, training and skills are sought after in specific professions.

Help Tomorrow’s Work Force

Our goal for offering Job Shadowing at Los Gatos is to have a diverse list of employers interested in helping prepare our youth for tomorrow’s workforce. We are looking for businesses in the following fields to participate and other organizations from various fields: medical/dental, manufacturing, hospitality, high tech, Internet, banking and finance, education, visual and performing arts institutions, non-profit, government, and other service industries.

Host Expectations

We ask that you host a minimum of 2 students for a few hours or more. Some company hosts provide lunch and use the time to debrief and have casual conversations with the students.

Below Are Some Things to Consider Doing:

  1. Introduce/demonstrate the skills required for success on the job
  2. Show how teamwork plays an important role in the organization
  3. Have employees show students their areas of expertise
  4. Plan for the students to do some or all of the following:
    • Receive a tour of the company/facility
    • Rotate through various departments
    • Work on a special project (market research, user experience study, etc.)
    • Sit-in during a group project/meeting/conference call
    • Observe procedures (orthodontic, x-rays, orthopedic, etc.)

Checklist Done?

  1. Prepare any employees that will host student job shadow(s) (assume 1–3 students per employee).
  2. Provide materials.
  3. Meet the student(s) at the agreed-upon location at the appointed time.
  4. Start the day with an orientation and introduction to the company.
  5. Tell the student(s) a little bit about yourself (professional background, typical day, etc.). If time allows, let the student conduct an informational interview. Tour the work-site.
  6. Try to interact with co-workers on all levels to give the students a good overview of how your organization runs and its culture.
  7. Provide an opportunity if possible for the student(s) to do some limited, hands-on tasks (under supervision).
  8. Show the job shadow(s) all of the ways technology is used at your workplace. Lunch (determine ahead of time if you will provide the students lunch).
  9. Make sure the students are at the pick-up location at the appointed time. Complete the Job Shadow Host Evaluation and email to coordinator.Job Shadow Host Checklist & Tips
    Job Shadow Host Partner Evaluation

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