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8th Grade Career Shadowing

Student describing her Career Shadowing experience.The Career Shadowing Experience is an off-campus learning project designed to expose eighth graders to a vocation about which the student expresses a high degree of interest. Each eighth grade student will spend a day shadowing a professional mentor in the greater Lynchburg community. No eighth grade classes will be held on the day after spring break to allow for the Career Shadowing Experience. No two students may have the same professional mentor. All students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner, to dress appropriately, and to follow the directions of the professional mentor on the shadowing day.

 

On James River Day School Career Day, each student will share a display booth and presentation with the entire James River Day School, to demonstrate what he or she has learned as a result of the shadowing experience. The student’s faculty advisor and parents will provide guidance and support throughout the process. Please refer to the timeline below the video for the various deadlines.

 

Take a look at Career Day 2017 in the video below.

 

Student Responsibilities 

  • To meet all applicable deadlines (see timeline below).
  • To research professional mentor candidates and select a professional mentor.
  • To ensure the completion of all permission forms.
  • To research specific education requirements, salary ranges, and future challenges of the profession selected.
  • To shadow a professional mentor in his/her work setting.
  • To maintain journal describing the professional mentor’s activities during the Career Shadowing Experience.
  • To write a thank-you letter to the mentor following the shadowing experience.
  • To set up a display booth to teach JRDS students about their Career Shadowing Experience. This will include a 3-5 minute verbal presentation to James River classes.


Parent Responsibilities

  • To counsel the student in the process of selecting a professional mentor, and to approve that final selection.
  • To provide transportation, supplies and any accompanying expenses related to the Career Shadowing Experience.
  • To counsel and aid the student in preparing the display booth for James River's Career Day.

 

Parent FAQs: May my child shadow a professional who works out of town? May my child shadow a professional for more than one day?

The answer to both of these questions is “yes,” depending on the family’s and/or professional mentor’s willingness to facilitate a more extended shadowing experience. The school’s requirement is to spend one day with a local professional. We do not intend to tax the resources of either the family or the professional mentor, nor do we intend to curtail a student whose family wishes to support a more extended shadowing experience. If a family desires a multi-day experience, we ask that it be scheduled during the spring break so that the student will not miss classes. No eighth grade classes will be held for the day following spring break, and that is the “official” shadowing day, but any day or days during the break are fine. This provides flexibility for both families and mentors.

 

Advisor Responsibilities

  • To assist the student in meeting all deadlines (see timeline below).
  • To assist the student in utilizing school and community resources to research professional mentor candidates, including the library, the internet, and media resources.
  • To counsel the student in the process of selecting a professional mentor and to approve the final selection.
  • To provide the student with all permission forms and to ensure that all forms are completed by the deadline.
  • To ensure the student writes a thank-you to the mentor.


Professional Mentor Responsibilities

  • To complete permission form as provided by the student.
  • To allow the student to shadow and record professional activities on Career Shadowing Day.
  • To closely supervise the student during the Career Shadowing Experience and to take all reasonable precautions to assure the safety of the student.
  • To communicate special requirements and/or expectations to the student, via the permission form.
  • To answer student questions about his/her profession.
  • To provide the student with professional literature and information about applicable professional organizations.


Timeline

Friday, March 10, 2017 – Students complete preliminary research of possible mentors and report to faculty advisors.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Students secure a commitment from a professional mentor.

Friday, March 24, 2017 – Permission forms are due.

Monday, April 17, 2017 – Career Shadowing Experience

Monday, April 24, 2017 – Students and advisors tell Associate Head of School about any special requirements they have for Career Day set-up.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – James River Day School Career Day in Carrington Field House, 8:30 to 11:30am.

Friday, April 28, 2017 – Thank-you letters to mentors have been sent.

 

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