Website Sponsored By:
Student Testimonials
I have been in the health Occupations classes for two years now. From my experiences, I have learned that I wanted to become a physical therapist. I have been on a couple of job shadows before but I never really knew what happened in emergency rooms and clinics. When I finally got the chance to go on a job shadow to a local physical therapy clinic, I found that I really enjoyed seeing what a physical therapist does. I used to want to be a surgeon but since I didn’t get to a chance to job shadow a surgeon, I changed my career path. Job shadows have a major impact on me so I know what to expect, and what there is to do.
by Andy C.
Employer Testimonials
It has been such a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to mentor these young ladies from Barbara Roberts. I have been so impressed, as I have gotten to know the girls, at their determination to succeed against difficult odds. I sincerely hope that whatever contribution that we are able to make will help them achieve the goals that they have set for their futures.
by Bonnie Beam, BJB Design

Guest Speaker

printable doc (pdf)

GUEST SPEAKERS provide an opportunity for a classroom of students to hear, firsthand, about a particular occupation, the necessary preparation, required knowledge, and other interesting information from a current practitioner in that field.  The visit typically lasts from 30-90 minutes.

DURING THE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT, a business person provides students with a glimpse of their career and/or company.  Students often have unrealistic expectations about careers and workplace requirements and need the insight that a business person can provide.  Demonstrations and hands-on activities are always a real plus if applicable.  Company video tapes are also excellent tools to use.  The teacher should be notified in advance if audio-visual equipment is needed.


  • Complete assignments and participate in career exploration activities.
  • Be briefed and prepared for the visit.
  • Be familiar with the topic of discussion.
  • Display polite and courteous behavior.
  • Ask relevant and thoughtful questions prepared in advance.
  • Complete an evaluation and other documentation.


  • Remain in class and listen to the presentation.
  • Maintain discipline in the classroom.


  • Describe a typical work day.
  • Describe their occupation, education, background, and training.
  • Discuss parts of their job they like best/least.
  • Discuss future outlook for occupational area.
  • Share general salary range making certain to include entry-level wage information.
  • Discuss financial benefits other than salary.
  • Discuss education and training needed to perform jobs within their organization and the possible career paths available.
  • Answer student questions.


  • Confirm date, time, location, parking, how manystudents will be involved, and meal arrangement (ifappropriate) with the contact at the school.
  • Gather company brochures, product sheets and anyother information you may wish to distribute to students.
  • When planning your presentation, be sure to leave time for a question and answer period.
  • Review the list of possible student questions.
  • It is best to actively involve the students in hands-on activities including demonstrations, problem solving, brainstorming, videos, and questions.


Students will have limited knowledge about your occupation and will have questions for you in order to fully understand the requirements of your position.  Here is a list of possible questions you may be asked.

  • What does your organization produce?
  • Who are your primary customers?  Competitors?
  • What is your job title?
  • What do you do specifically?
  • Why did you choose this career or occupation?
  • What advice do you have for someone who may wish to prepare for this occupation?
  • What types of training and education did you need?
  • What is it like to work at your company?
  • What do you like most about your job?  Least?
  • Do you expect to be doing this kind of work in five years?
  • What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?
  • What is the future outlook for careers in this area?
  • What changes are occurring?

Liability Exposure: Liability exposure at the school depends on the type of activity you are doing at the school.  If you are just speaking, your liability risks are low.  However, if your demonstrations involve any elements that could p otentially injure someone or cause damage to the school, you will be required to take the necessary safety precautions and provide the District with proof of liability insurance.