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Experiential Learning

Longer Term or 1:1 Career/Life-Planning Related Opportunities

August 27, 2020

Job shadowing provides the opportunity to observe or “shadow” someone doing their job, often at their place of work, so they’re learning about the workplace as well.

Type of Experiential Learning: Work-Integrated Learning/Education/Community-Based Learning

What does it look like?

Job shadowing provides the opportunity to observe or “shadow” someone doing their job, often at their place of work, so they’re learning about the workplace as well. Mentoring provides students with support from an experienced person with expertise in a particular field to guide them in a work or learning setting.

Benefits

Students and Families

  • Provides opportunity for exploration for students intent on expanding experience, skills, and contacts related to an employment sector, potential career or community involvement opportunity

Employers and Community

  • Promotes youth engagement and profile of community placement or employer as progressive and supportive
  • Develops and educates on the talent, skill requirements, training possibilities, and profile of employees or community contributors related to a particular career or experience

Educators

  • Provides meaningful career or experience-oriented exploration for students
  • May link directly to curricular learning outcomes and career destinations/community opportunities

Considerations

Students and Families

  • Promotes exploration of a career destination or community opportunity
  • May be particularly engaging for those with an interest in employment-related skills, career opportunities, or community contributions

Employers and Community

  • May be a helpful support in identifying possible talent, and recruiting employees
  • May be helpful for reflecting on leadership, structures, assumptions, and values in a workplace or community setting

Educators

  • Allows for close work with employers/community experience providers/students to make job shadowing and mentoring relevant and connected to curriculum outcomes

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