JA Job Shadow

“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to discuss careers with some amazing women. It is always awesome to hear the stories and careers of women in science and engineering and to see the variety of jobs that we are open to having.” —JA Job Shadow student group

What is JA Job Shadow?

JA Job Shadow is Junior Achievement’s Common Core-aligned opportunity for high school students to visit a workplace and learn about industries, careers, operations, and performance expectations.

The program enables community volunteers to reveal their authentic real-world work experiences. Each JA Job Shadow event brings a group of students on-site to a company where they can get the perspective of a professional and diverse work environment.

JA Job Shadow Curriculum

JA Job Shadow provides an overview of the higher-level skills many employers require for today’s jobs. Bridging the skills gap and preparing students for work is where JA excels.

The day typically begins with an introduction from a senior management professional, a workplace tour, and panel discussion featuring a variety of professionals. Participating staff from each business, serving as JA volunteers, offer dynamic interaction with the students, bringing theory to life. The day concludes with a networking lunch where students and professionals can chat informally.

JA Job Shadow Volunteer Experience

JA staff tailors JA Job Shadow logistics to meet the demands of our volunteers and their worksites. Host sites assign a point person to work with JA staff to coordinate the agenda and logistics.

While volunteers are able to engage one-on-one with students, much of the JA Job Shadow day is presented to a group of students through presentations, panel discussions, work site tours and interactive activities. Throughout the day, volunteers are invited to bring their real-world experiences and perspectives to the conversation.

What to Expect

  • High school students are often excited by the novelty of seeing where you work.
  • Presentations and activities should be varied and interactive to keep the students attentive and engaged.
  • The program is designed and coordinated for ease of implementation. Simply show up, offer to give a glimpse into your work day, and inject your own personality and experience.

Sample Agenda

  • 8:30 a.m. Students arrive and are greeted by the site’s senior management team
  • 8:45 a.m. Interactive presentations by different departments
  • 10:00 a.m. Site tour
  • 10:30 a.m. Career panel
  • 11:45 a.m. Networking lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Students depart

Sponsoring JA Job Shadow

Your company can host a JA Job Shadow or provide financial support for JA Job Shadows in your community. To sponsor this program, contact Jamaal Kearse at 206-296-2600 or jamaalk@jawashington.org.