Over the past two months, more than 60 students from Shaker High School had the opportunity to participate in the Junior Achievement (JA) Job Shadow Program. Students in the Introduction to Business II classes had the opportunity to shadow employees from the following businesses:
- New Country Motor/Lexus
- NYS Office of Information Technology Service
- Pioneer Bank, Corporate Office/Branch
Shaker High School students had the opportunity to spend time learning about various business functions and the education and skill requirements necessary for a job in multiple career paths. The mentors shared openly about their personal experience as well as the highlights and challenges of their positions.
Some of the career areas that students were exposed to include (but are not limited to):
- human resources
- customer relations
- business development
Students also had the opportunity to participate in mock interviews and create a professional profile video, obtain first-hand experience in utilizing the new Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) Banking from both internal and consumer perspectives, participate in team building activities and listen to real life commentary about the advantages and challenges of living on a commission only basis.
The goal of the job shadow was to acquaint students with the working world through an on-the-job experience with an adult mentor from a community business. This experience helps young people understand that what they learn in the classroom is paramount to success in the workplace.
Last year in the Capital Region, 34 schools with 928 students, were paired with 36 businesses for JA Job Shadow. Across the United States, more than a million students and 100,000 businesses participated in 2017 Job Shadow.
Below are a few photos of students throughout the job shadow experience:
Below are a few students thoughts regarding the job shadow experience:
“I have learned a lot on this field trip. I learned about what I did well on with my mock interview and what I need to work on for the future. I enjoyed creating a mock professional profile and learning about the technologies and software the state uses for its different departments. The staff at this department was very helpful and kind and also gave me insight on a possible career path for college and my future.” ~ Sean B.
“I really enjoyed this field trip with the experience of interviewing and all. It was very helpful to get such great feedback from professionals. During my interview I actually gained insight on a certain college and this made my options for college a lot more broad and got me thinking a lot more seriously and I’m soon going to check it out. I learned a lot of important things on this field trip, but most importantly I gained great insight into another college option which was very helpful.” ~ Emily H.
“On the field trip, I learned a lot of valuable life lessons. I learned that just because you have an idea of which direction your career might be going in, you don’t have to stay on that path. The state field trip taught me that there are thousands of job opportunities, but sometimes you just have to be willing to adapt and try something new. In fact, many of the people that I talked to did not originally want to work in their position, but they still loved their job. I thought that was very interesting.” ~ Brian C.
“On the field trip I learned a lot about the environment of businesses. Working around people you enjoy can make work fun. I also was told a few good interviewing tips. Eye contact is always key during an interview. Working for the state also has many benefits with insurance.” ~ Madison D.
“Eye-opening! Great insight into the real workings of businesses outside the classroom. Got a good feel for what it will be like when we finally get out there ourselves!” ~ Baily M.