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Work-Based Learning Manual - Job Shadow

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-Definition
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-Student Eligibility
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-Liability Exposure
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-Preparing the Student
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-Student Responsibilities
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-Employer Responsibilities
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-School Supervisor Responsibilities

DEFINITION
Job shadows provide a structured career activity in which students play an active role in learning. The student observes an employee at the work site to gain valuable career information. Job shadow activities typically last from three to six hours. During the job shadow experience, students will:

  • Observe a range of activities performed on the job
  • Receive information about possible future career interests
  • Gain insight into the academic, technical and personal skills needed for a particular occupation
  • Understand connections between education and careers

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • All students K-12
  • Meet school guidelines for participation
  • Obtain appropriate permission from the school and parent

LIABILITY EXPOSURE
Work site liability is the responsibility of the respective school district in an unpaid experience. Utah state law provides for the school district's worker's compensation insurance to cover non-paid student learners.

PREPARING THE STUDENT
Preplanning with the student will strengthen the learning process and prevent potential problems. Students should receive instruction in:

  • The objective of the job shadow
  • How to ask appropriate questions
  • Behavior, courtesy and appropriate dress
  • Related assignments and due dates

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Obtain parental/teacher permission to attend
  • Dress appropriately for the situation/site
  • Follow safety guidelines
  • Use transportation approved and/or provided by parent
  • Show honesty, punctuality, a cooperative attitude, proper grooming and a willingness to learn
  • Ask relevant and thoughtful questions, which are prepared in advance
  • Confirm date, time and place of job shadow
  • Write thank you note

EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Orient student and provide safety guidelines
  • Confirm date, time place and details with the school or student
  • Notify co-workers of the student's visit and encourage the sharing of career experiences
  • Inform school or student of any required safety clothing or equipment
  • Monitor experience and contact the instructor/administrator of any problems
  • Include student in normal work activities, age appropriate
  • Share career path development
  • Explain how department/job relates to the organization

SCHOOL SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Obtain completed forms
  • Coordinate goals and requirements with the employer and student
  • Evaluate effectiveness of the experience
  • Provide data to Work-Based Learning coordinator or related personnel

Updated January 22, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
sherry [dot] marchant [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Sherry Marchant), Specialist
Work-Based Learning
Phone: 801>538-7594
Fax: 801>538-7868

maggie [dot] bradshaw [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Maggie Bradshaw) , Support Staff
Work-Based Learning
Phone: 801>538-7941




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