HISD students explore professional careers during Job Shadow Day

HISD students explore professional careers during Job Shadow Day
Posted on 02/02/2018

More than 200 students from Harlandale HS, McCollum HS and STEM ECHS visited 10 local businesses Friday morning as part of the city-wide Job Shadow Day, hosted by San Antonio Economic Development Foundation’s SA Works program.

Now in its third year, Job Shadow Day hosted more than 3,000 students across the city with more than 120 employers.

“Students will get to see employees of these businesses in action and also learn about the industry they are visiting,” HISD CTE Coordinator Tracy Anderson said. “They will see how important it is to have ‘soft’ skills and workplace etiquette that industry needs from all new employees.” 

HISD students were excited to spend a day outside of the classroom to get a glimpse of the professional world. They had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of potential careers in the engineering, education, automotive, marketing and hospitality sectors.

“Many have not seen the industry that they are interested in this close,” Anderson said. “Having students apply the skills learned from their classes, including industry certifications, listening to guest speakers and taking field trips to these sites, is important as they continue to prepare for College and Career Readiness.”

The students were matched up with local businesses based on their career interests. Some of the employers included The Witte Museum, C.H. Guenther & Sons, Pre-K 4 SA, Goodwill Industries and Baywood Hotel-Hilton Garden Inn.

For HHS Business Teacher Billy Logwood, Job Shadow Day is an invaluable experience for students as they get to meet industry people and learn new skills such as networking.

“They get a chance to find out if they want to work at the company they are shadowing, network and meet people in San Antonio,” Logwood said. “I tell them networking is one of the most important parts of job searches.”

STEM ECHS Science Teacher Ann Brown agrees and wants her students to see how what they learn in school directly relates to job opportunities out in the world.

“My group visited the head of the Anthropology department at The Witte Museum. I want my students to be able to make connections between what we are learning in biology and possible college degrees and future jobs,” Brown said.

Ultimately, Brown hopes students will learn about new career paths they may not have considered before.

“I hope our students will come back with new ideas about career opportunities and the skills needed to become a successful 21st century employee,” she concluded. 

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