SA Works held a successful job shadow day delivering hundreds of employer-created videos to nearly 13,000 students in almost 10 school districts across our region this week. This annual event is in its sixth year and has grown in participation each time. Job shadowing is a proven way to help young people discover careers and determine if their interests and aptitudes could be a good fit.
Health and safety concerns didn’t allow for in-person workplace visits by students this year, but the local business community met the challenge. More than 40 local employers filmed creative and innovative videos explaining their industries, workplaces, and job opportunities to help engage students and educate their teachers in career exploration.
Many participants felt the virtual experience was even better than in-person opportunities. One student participant felt inspired and excited to see the relevance of his classroom being applied to what he could do in the workplace. The communication from employers also helps educators understand the day-to-day responsibilities of certain jobs and gain clarity on workplace expectations. That understanding can help teachers best prepare these students for careers and future success.
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is proud to represent so many businesses who are helping to build our community’s future workforce. We look forward to continuing to help grow this cross-sector collaboration. If you participated in SA Works Job Shadow Day 2021, please contact Katie Ferrier, VP of Education and Workforce Development to share your experience.