"VirtualJobShadow.com allows students to explore career options through the eyes
of industry experts without leaving their classrooms or homes. Whether they are
in 6th grade just learning about various careers or in high school truly investigating
and researching careers, this tool helps them see the day-to-day lives of actual
company employees and highlights not only their daily tasks, but what type of skills
they use and their pathways to achieving their careers. The tools puts a personal
touch and actually allows students to understand the careers better.
Students can also watch the videos at home with their parents/guardians and have key conversations around topics such as: Would I like a career like this? What type of post-secondary school would I like to attend? Do I need to earn an industry credential in high school? What types of classes do I need to take in high school to prepare me for this career? This tool is available to all students 6-12 grade students in Buncombe County Schools and we are thrilled to partner with Virtual Job Shadow to build a bank a local careers videos so students in our area can see what they can do when they graduate without leaving Buncombe County. It really is a win-win for everyone."
- Crystal Cheek
Director of Career Technical Education,
Buncombe County Schools, Asheville NC
"We have been very pleased with the product and support we have received. Our staff and school district partners have enjoyed using the VirtualJobShadow.com resource, and they report high levels of student enthusiasm."
- Patricia G. Bubb
Tech Prep of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc.
"We appreciate this service very much. Our students have benefitted greatly from being able to use this online job shadow and it has helped many of them in planning for their futures."
- Paula Owen
Cedar Heights Junior High School
Port Orchard, WA
"Our teachers and students have been excited to use this program. Since we require that all students enrolled in our Career and Technical programs complete a job shadowing experience, we wanted all of our Career and Technical Educational instructors to have access to this program. So many of our young people do not have private transportation available to them for job shadowing, and Oklahoma City has a limited public transportation system. A solution for us was to offer VirtualJobShadow.com as an alternative to traditional job shadowing. It does not require transportation or days missed from school. It allows students to access "job shadow" careers that would not typically be available to them. VirtualJobShadow.com allows students to shadow many different careers within the career exploration process."
- Felisha Pinkston
Business and Industry Career Development Coordinator
Oklahoma City Public Schools
In September 2010, the Office of Regional Services at the South Carolina Department
of Education launched a partnership to provide all middle and high school students
access to their catalog of virtual job shadowing profiles (VirtualJobShadow.com)
through the Personal Pathways to Success Web portal.
As a result of this partnership, all schools in our state are better prepared to meet the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) requirement that every student has an opportunity to participate in an extended/work-based learning experience prior to graduating.
To date we have been very pleased with this partnership. Career counselors, along with other educators, have expressed appreciation for having the VirtualJobShadow.com profiles available to their schools. Recent data indicate that students from every region in the state view one or more virtual job shadowing profiles on a regular basis. According to survey results, students believe that the VirtualJobShadow.com profiles provide them with the information necessary to make more informed career decisions.
(Strivven Media) is a valued partner in the Personal Pathways to Success initiative; and their product, VirtualJobShadow.com, is an invaluable career exploration resource.
- Sabrina B. Moore, PhD
Director, Office of Regional Services
State of South Carolina
Department of Education
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with VirtualJobShadow.com to provide our Career & Technical Education students with access to relevant, real-world business and industry professionals. We are confident that access to these individuals and this website will cultivate curiosity and fuel enthusiasm for further exploration in the career areas that are aligned to our students' strengths, talents and interests.
- Jennifer E. Stanfill
Coordinator of Career and Technical Education
Parkway School District - MO
"I see the students being more interested in career planning by being able to see it in action rather than have me stand up at the front of the room and just telling them about it. We're really excited about it -- we have really put (VirtualJobShadow.com) to good use."
- Keith Merrill
Rugby Middle School
"Virtual Job Shadow is a highly engaging career exploration tool for students and job seekers. It is also an outstanding way for employers to connect with their future workforce. Its packed with tools to equip students for the workforce."