JA Job Shadow

Program for Grades 9 to 12


This is a comprehensive experience that helps students design an individualised career path. Supporting blended as well as self-guided activities, JA Job Shadow provides a design-thinking structure for career exploration.

Working closely with the career partners, students will have an opportunity to determine career possibilities that suit them and then interact with professionals in a workplace site visit and during a multi-hour job shadow experience in a career area of interest.

Teacher Led Class

Self Directed Program

Volunteer Facilitated Program



Program Overview


JA Job Shadow allows students to 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 reflect and analyse the experience to move students toward their target career or back to their list to explore another option.

Highlights of the Experience

  • Personalized approach to career planning for students
  • Flexible implementation based on local need
  • Extensive self-guided learning experiences
  • Real-world view of the workplace, including off- site and on-site contact with professionals
  • Current career-planning tools to enhance networking skills, interview skills, and online profiles

Program Content

Session 1 - Finding Your Future

Students find out what to expect during the program. They learn about the design- thinking approach called Design for Delight and begin to examine their own career interests and motivations. They also learn about Career Clusters and take a personal career assessment.

Session 2 - Career Informational Interviews

Students discuss their top three career choices. They prepare to conduct informational interviews during the upcoming site visit, as well as with professionals in their fields of interest. They create an elevator pitch to describe themselves positively to potential employers.

Session 3 - Site Visit

Students visit a local company for a tour, Human Resources presentation, informational interviews, and a series of learning activities.

Session 4 - Site Visit Reflection

Students analyze and share their responses to their site visit and informational interview experiences and write a professional thank you note. They begin to develop a resume and online profile. They also research additional informational interview subjects and potential job shadow opportunities.

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