Navigating Job Shadow Experiences: A Roundtable Conversation

On April 4, work-based learning leaders gathered virtually for a discussion to share insights, best practices, and resources to address challenges related to student recruitment for job shadows, including:

  • Teacher buy-in
  • Student apathy
  • Intentional preparation of students prior to a job shadow
  • Tying job shadows to specific classes doesn’t guarantee the students are actually interested in the industry; for example, a manufacturing pathway student taking a health sciences course as an elective
  • Different schools and instructors use different criteria to determine if a student is eligible for a job shadow (e.g., GPA, on track to graduate, etc.)

This is the second conversation in a series of work-based learning roundtables. Learn more about the first conversation.

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