Job Shadow

JA Job Shadow

Westview high school students score a rare look inside and help
produce the news at San Diego 6- TV.

JA Job Shadow program has seen significant  transformation this past year working with employers, community partners, nonprofits, community colleges and school districts to create a regional approach to work-based learning opportunities like Job Shadow.  We are grateful to our board companies and industry leaders who have opened their doors to over 50 different high schools.  If you are interested in sharing your career passion and company brand, please email JA Job Shadow's Work-Based Learning Program Manager, Ashley Packard. 

JA students learning how to succeed in the high-demand manufacturing industry at Eastridge WorkForce Solutions.

Providing young people with real-world learning experiences can be key to improving high school graduation rates. Currently, one in five students do not graduate with their class on time.  In San Diego, 18 percent of students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma this this year, according to the latest data released by U.S. Department of Education. JA of San Diego is hoping to change this trend by inspiring youth to look beyond high school and dream for a bigger and brighter future through the Job Shadow initiative. One of the key benefits of a job shadow program is that it helps students recognize the link between academic subjects and the actual workplace skills. While spending a day at a business site, students are exposed to real-world of learning and technology.  They learn dressing and speaking professionally, being on time and working as a team, are just as important as a strong academic foundation.

JA Job Shadow program will provide an engaging and meaningful work-based learning opportunity. We will work together to create an event for students, to learn more about the leading industry companies and businesses in the community.

Through this JA Job Shadow experience the students will be able to;

  • Learn about company’s mission & overview - (presentation by site director, HR director, etc.)
  • Tour facility to learn about overall operations - (site tour)
  • Experience hands-on learning – (through activity based small group-breakout sessions)
  • Participate in a working Lunch - (career panelists – to learn more about career backgrounds)
  • Practice professionalism and soft skills - (mock interviews, resume tips, elevator pitch, etc.)
  • Debrief – (Q&A / Thank-you!)

*All activities are dependent upon company resources

View one of our recent Job Shadow videos where students attended Swagelok, a JA Board Member company, where students learned about the company and experienced an interactive and engaging work-based learning opportunity. Click here to view.

  • Attend a job shadow. Would you like to give your students the chance to visit a local business and learn about the various careers available to them? 
  • Host a job shadow. Would you like to host a group of students for 2-4 hours and show them the various jobs available at your company? Would you like to be a guest speaker and/or participate in a Reverse Job Shadow event (on school campus)?
  • CONTACT: If you have any questions or would like to learn more about JA Job Shadow, please email Ashley PackardWork-Based Learning Program Manager.