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JA Job Shadow® Blended

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High School
Classroom Based
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Financial Literacy Minimal Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship Minimal Entrepreneurship
JA Job Shadow is a comprehensive experience that helps students design an individualized career path. Supporting blended as well as self-guided activities, JA Job Shadow provides a design-thinking structure for career exploration.
Students develop a deep understanding of their talents, interests, and values through a career interest assessment. The result is a broad list of career possibilities. Through informational interviews, students narrow down the list to identify their top potential career opportunities. They interact with professionals in a workplace site visit and during a multi-hour job shadow experience in a career area of interest. Reflection and analysis move students toward their target career or back to their list to explore another option.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

-- Learn the design-thinking approach.
-- Investigate their top three career choices.
-- Create an elevator pitch.
-- Write a professional thank you note.
-- Explore appropriate and inappropriate interview behavior.
-- Research potential employers.

JA Job Shadow is part of the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway and is recommended for high school students (Grades 9-12). This volunteer and educator led program can be implemented as a classroom based, remote live, or after school program. It includes six 45-minute sessions and two opportunities for site visits with flexible implementation options based on local needs. Extensive self-guided learning experiences and Current career-planning tools to enhance networking skills, interview skills, and online profiles are included with this program.

JA teachers and volunteers are encouraged, as part of this program, to utilize the resources available in JA Connect® Learning Pathways, located at This self-guided experience includes interactives, JA Here to Career™, and games and apps for student use.

JA programs support national and state standards in reading, mathematics, social studies, and work and career readiness. See below for more information on alignment with national and state standards.

Virtual Implementation

Remote live implementation is available for JA Job Shadow.

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