Job Shadowing…… Internship Success

I will attach a few documents, of course you can find them on the web site under Resources.

Job shadowing and interviews are a rewarding part of the AYES model. I will say it is a key game changer. Students often come out of the interviews with new excitement. For many it is their first contact with an adult from the real world so plan the interviews carefully in cooperation with your advisory committee. Job interviews should be conducted over the course of several days so that potential employers can be engaged at their convenience. Students should be prepared for the interviews by using tools like Skills PDP which is no cost to AYES programs.  Student should be coached and prepared by day to day work ethics preparation that you are already using to prepare them for the world of work. The ideal time for job interviews is winter so that students are ready for job shadowing during spring break. The interviews can be a win+win for the student, employer and the teacher. The student many times comes away with a new found respect for themselves because a perspective employer gave their time to focus on the student. The employer often finds that their outlook on teenagers is changed by meeting your qualified students. The instructor  often finds that the students rise to the occasion and become better learners because of the exposure to the employers.

Job shadowing is reserved for students that meet your expectations on all levels. I have attached the AYES student standards. For me to sign off on a student means that I am placing my reputation on the student meeting the expectation of the employer. Where the school system may have a person that supervises school to work students. I feel they are focused on numbers and not quality. I would always cooperate with the person in that position,But I would not allow them to place my students. The AYES model is built around the foundation of a mentor. The mentor is key to successful placement of interns. These documents outline the Mentor/Intern relationship.

Job shadowing requires selection of the work place and should be planned in detail with the personnel at the job site understanding the role each has to play in the student’s introduction to the workplace. Ideally a student will spend a few days at one work place, shadowing several employer positions. I would give students a guide to journal/write about each position they shadow. I would suggest you coordinate the interviews and job shadowing to follow the school’s calendar to take advantage of holidays, teacher work days when student are off and other windows of opportunity. A cooperative administrator at the school may give students release during school days if you can measure the student’s performance. I would gauge the time a student job shadows by the needs and requirements of the supervisors at the work place.
You can download the documents and edit to suit your needs

Be sure that all the stakeholders are aware and sign off on all the required paperwork to cover responsibilities, liabilities and steps involved. The list would include but not limited to: Student, parent, school admin, instructor, employer and prospective mentors/active mentors.

I have observed many times that programs that job shadow/job interview a large number of students also place a large number of students in summer internships. I have also observed that an active advisory will increase the number of students employed

Of course you are the most important piece of the puzzle. With out your hard work nothing gets accomplished.

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