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Strive San Jose and San Jose Unified School District partnered to present the inaugural Job Shadow Days on February 2 and 3, 2017 offered over 70 students from five of the district’s high schools a unique look behind-the-scenes at various workplaces in the Bay Area.
Job shadowing is often the first step students take towards the real-world, and the companies they visit often leave lifelong impressions on students. Job Shadow Days engaged with eight different employers spanning over seven different industries, including:
- Microsoft Valley Fair
- Blach Construction
- SJUSD’s Department of Operations
- Reel Eagle Studios
- Artik Art & Architecture
- Dan Powers Sound+Vision
Local students from San Jose, Lincoln, Willow Glen, Pioneer and Gunderson high schools who were enrolled in career technical classes like multimedia, biotech, engineering, woodshop and more participated in the two-day event.
The Job Shadow Days were highly curated by the industry hosts, introducing students to upcoming industry trends and offered hands-on activities that mimicked the day-to-day activities of their company. Some hosts also offered students a behind-the-scenes tour of their facilities while others presented students with industry challenges, ranging from mini-case studies to develop marketing campaigns for large corporations to prototyping new flexible hybrid electronics technologies for human health or performance.
Throughout the day, industry mentors shared the stories of their careers and challenged common career myths, giving students a better understanding of the realities of working a full-time job. Job Shadow Days also informed students of further opportunities and further education they would need to pursue the careers of their interest.
Monica C, a student from Lincoln High school, gave us a snapshot of her experience with Reel Eagle Studios.
“I enjoyed the Reel Eagle Studios activity the most because I’m interested in film and hoping to work in this field in the future. I am interested in this career because it’s a form of self expression and a way to share your ideas with others in a creative way," she said. "As a next step, I will try to find programs or internships that will prepare me for the career.”