Event Brings Students Out From the Shadows

January 15, 2003 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The National Job Shadow Coalition is using the occasion of its next Job Shadow Day January 31 to release a survey of students who say they benefited greatly from the experience in past years.

According to  the coalition,  more than 86% of students who participated in job shadowing report that it has positively changed their attitudes about working.  Also, 72% of the students described themselves as attentive and highly engaged in the information being demonstrated or discussed with a business volunteer, the survey found.

Students gave the overall job shadowing experience an average rating of 8.1 on a 10-point scale. Last year, more than one million students experienced job-shadowing activities with more than 100,000 employers across the US, according to the coalition.

In a typical job shadowing program, a student accompanies a business mentor to all his or her activities throughout a full business day.