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Student Testimonials
Job shadows have very much so influenced my life powerfully. I have gotten an insight into many various careers in the medical field. A year ago, I had no idea there was a difference between and MRI tech, an ultrasound tech, and a radiologist, but as I job shadowed all those, I realized how different they all were. Before doing job shadows I didn’t realize there were so many choices I get to pick from to get a career. I used to know only of nurses and doctors, and job shadows helped me explore more, and also learn the different career choices and the responsibilities of each one of them.
by Liliya F.
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

Site Visit

WHAT IS A SITE VISIT?
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SITE VISITS provide an opportunity for students to explor careers and the world of work by visiting a business where they will observe and ask questions about careers, skills, and tasks performed by the company.  Site visits typically last one to four hours and the group size varies to meet each organization’s unique needs.  The visits introduce students to potential careers by allowing them to view a firm’s daily routines and activities.

DURING THE SITE VISIT a business should provide students with a view of what their company is like, because many students have unrealistic expectations about the workplace.  Production demonstrations, if applicable, are always a plus.  Depending on the size and type of work in the organization, an employer may wish to take a class of 25-30 students on a tour all at once or break the students into smaller groups.


THE STUDENT WILL…

  • Complete assignments and participate in career exploration activities.
  • Be briefed and prepared for the visit.
  • Be familiar with the organization’s purpose and functions.
  • Obtain parental / teacher permission to participate.
  • Dress appropriately for the worksite.
  • Complete an evaluation and other documentation.

THE EMPLOYER WILL…

  • Serve as host and identify appropriate participants.
  • Receive confirmation at least one week prior to the visit date.
  • Give an orientation about the company with general information about its operation.
  • Explain the departments and how they relate to the organization.
  • Discuss education and training needed to perform the jobs within the organization and the possible career paths available.
  • Provide a tour of the firm.
  • Answer student questions.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • Make sure you have the student’s name and confirm parking, meal arrangements (if applicable), and appropriate attire with the contact person at the school.
  • Gather company brochures, product sheets and any other pertinent data which would be of interest to the student about your job and/or business.
  • Notify co-workers of the student’s visit and encourage them to share their career experiences.

SAMPLE SITE VISIT AGENDA

1. Greetings and Orientation

a.  What is expected of visitors

b.  Handouts

2. General Overview

a.  History and goals

b.  Products

c.  Career paths

d.  Education/Training requirements

3. Walking Tour

a.  Product demonstrations

b.  Company projects

4. Discussion

a.  Questions and answers

b.  Debriefing

c.  Human resource information


Liability Exposure: Exposure to liability at the work site should be viewed in the same way you would for visitors who spend time in your facility.