Work Readiness Programs
Through a variety of hands-on activities and technological supplements designed to support differentiated learning styles, learners develop a better understanding of the relationship between what they learn at school and their successful participation in a worldwide economy.
JA Job Shadow offers students a unique opportunity: a visit to a professional work environment and insights into how to find and keep a fulfilling career. Students participating in the program will acquire and apply the skills needed in demanding and ever-changing workplaces. Students will be able to recognize career clusters and potential job positions; understand the importance of researching the requirements needed to earn a position; and develop job-hunting tools, such as networking, resumes, and interviewing skills. The program is composed of three 45-minute classroom sessions and the job shadow visit, which usually is four to five hours in length.
Job Shadow Programs are interpreted in different forms in different countries. In Zimbabwe, JA implements a program called ‘Take 10,000 girls to work,’ which matches young girls with professionals in their fields of interest to help them gain an exposure into the workplace and the details of careers they are interested in. Girls spend the day with CEOs, administrators, lawyers, bankers, bakers, entrepreneurs, etc. In Zambia, JA’s ‘First Lady for a Day’ program brings rural girls to spend the day with the First Lady of the country and her network of female friends who mentor and advise the girls about their futures.