The Youth and Education Committee for the Tyson’s Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking job shadowing hosts for its career development program for over 50 high school juniors and seniors for Fairfax County Public Schools students (Oakton, Madison, Marshall and Marshall Academy) in January or February.
WashingtonExec recently spoke with Sharon Brown of the Tyson’s Regional Chamber of Commerce about the upcoming job shadowing program and how companies can get involved.
WashingtonExec: What is a job shadow experience?
Sharon Brown: An educational program where students or other adults can learn about a particular occupation or profession to see if it might be suitable for them. In job shadowing, a business typically partners with an educational establishment to provide an experience for a student of what it is like to perform a certain type of work by having them accompany an experienced worker as they perform the targeted job.
WashingtonExec: What day will the students job shadow?
Sharon Brown: You choose the day and time-frame with the student. Preferred days are January 20th, January 30, 31, February 17, if your companies operate those days as they are FCPS student holidays. They will report the day to us by Thursday, January 16th after contacting their host.
WashingtonExec: Can students shadow on the weekend?
Sharon Brown: Yes, if that works best for your schedule.
WashingtonExec: Does the host company need to provide lunch?
Sharon Brown: No, only if you’d like to but you must provide a lunch break (30 mins preferred).
WashingtonExec: Is the student expecting a job?
Sharon Brown: No, the student applied for a job shadow opportunity. However, some students were offered internships, jobs after the job shadow day last year.
Students will attend a mandatory Job Shadow Orientation on Thursday, January 9th before the shadow day. At that time they will be given their assignments.
If your company would like to get involved in the program, please send an inquiry to Sharon Brown, TRCC Office Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.