I was stumped by a teacher at the recent JumpStart conference who asked if we had a video that could help prepare students for their job shadow experience. For those not familiar with a job shadow, here’s a brief description (from Experience.com):
“Job shadowing is a work experience option where students learn about a job by walking through the work day as a shadow to a competent worker. The job shadowing work experience is a temporary, unpaid exposure to the workplace in an occupational area of interest to the student.”
For those who organize job shadows, they know what amazing experiences these are for students! I had my first taste of job shadowing when I was a senior….in college. I had worked summers as a golf caddy (no better paying job in those days and I had to pay for college after all). I dressed in a suit, drove 30 minutes south to Newark, NJ and spent a week at Prudential Reinsurance. The only task I remember from that week almost 30 years ago was inputting foreign currency rates into a spreadsheet. Oh, and I also decided I didn’t want to work in reinsurance or be a desk jockey:) Warren Buffett may love reinsurance as a business (he owns a few) but I didn’t enjoy it as an employee!
Here are a few videos that might be helpful to introduce the concept: