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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
I just finished talking with another job shadow student. Since we are a small start-up company, students spend most of their time with me talking about career options in aviations. During the interviews, I hear concise lucid questions from well-prepared students. Their questions and attitude are clearly goal-oriented. Having students in our place of business offers us the opportunity to introduce young people to aviation and small business, to dispel any misconceptions and to encourage them to pursue their aviation career options.
by Jim Graham, Graham Aviation

Guest Speaker

WHAT IS A GUEST SPEAKER?

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.

Check out the TEACHER TOOLBOX for Career Exploration and skills building topics– PLUS tips and tools to prepare for a guest speaker.


THE STUDENT WILL…

  • 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.

THE TEACHER WILL…

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

THE EMPLOYER WILL…

  • 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.