MHTA — What is a Job Shadow Day? Job Shadow Days have been part of a number of nation-wide initiatives in the past for numerous regions and a variety of industries. For the past couple of years, MHTA has encouraged our members and the science/technology community to participate in Job Shadows at this time of year.
A Job Shadow gives students the chance to learn about real workplaces and explore career pathways by “shadowing” people who work in their field of interest. The goal is to help young people explore the skills and education needed to succeed in the job market, and to encourage the development of relationships between students and professionals.
MHTA supports providing young people with the chance to learn more about the opportunities available in the high-tech fields represented by our member companies. Studies show that student interest in STEM is directly tied to their experiences in meeting people who work in those fields.
What better time to provide a Job Shadowing experience than around Groundhog’s Day? With the hope of a brighter (and warmer!) future around the corner, we want to encourage individuals, departments, divisions, or entire companies to consider hosting students for a worthwhile experience.
How can you participate? Here are some ideas –
- Offer to have a high school student come to your site. The easiest way to encourage students to participate is to make an offer to high school students that you already know. They may never have shown a previous interest, but experience teaches that students often do not take an interest because they don’t know what they are missing!
- Contact the local high school in your area. The administration at your local schools can be helpful in arranging for students to participate. If you would like assistance in connecting with your local schools, please contact Tim Barrett.
- Use getSTEM to post an OFFER to host a Job Shadow Student. getSTEM is an easy way to connect educators to business professionals. If you do not have an account, it only takes a few minutes to sign up. If you already have an account, what are you waiting for?
You don’t have to plan anything fancy and you don’t have to work alone; work with your colleagues to provide a broader experience for an eager student.
Dare to Inspire!