Host a Job Shadow
Job shadow students come into the workplace and spend part of a day, a minimum of two hours, learning as much as they can about what you do. Students will observe and interact with you to see if this career is a good fit for them. This experiential learning helps them better understand available local careers, as well as make a connection between what they’re learning in high school and what will be required of them as employees. Students are covered through their school's Worker's Compensation policy for school-to-work activities.
See Iowa House File 2392
for program details.
Click here to see Tips for Hosting a Job Shadow
Host an Internship
One of the best ways to show young people that there are many career opportunities right here in the Corridor is to host an internship. 86 percent of Workplace Learning Connection student interns said their experiences increased their awareness of local careers! You'll work with students to give them a head start on their careers through hands-on academic career exploration. Internships are 45 to 90 hours of on-site learning for students starting the summer before their junior year through the spring term of their senior year. In turn, employers have the opportunity to meet and understand their future workforce, and nurture the relationships necessary to fill critical positions with homegrown talent.
Host a Worksite Tour
Volunteer for Financial Literacy Fair
The Financial Literacy Fair is the culmination of career exploration and personal financial management. In 8th grade students explore careers based on their skills and interests. They learn how to develop and maintain a budget, balance a checking account, and the importance of saving money. Based on their chosen career, they will receive a sample monthly paycheck to use at the Financial Literacy Fair for life expenses in their budget. The Fair is a great complement to classroom learning through a virtual reality simulation, illustrating the importance of understanding wants vs. needs.
As a Fair volunteer, you will talk with students to help them decide how to spend their money on expenses like transportation, housing, insurance, food and “extras”. Once the students have attended all booths and made their financial decisions, they meet with a financial counselor to discuss how they put their financial knowledge to work. Community volunteers are needed to staff the booths. A brief training is provided – no experience necessary.
Be a Classroom Career Speaker
Share your career path and experience with a small group or an entire classroom. Career speakers open students’ minds to opportunities they may never have considered, as well as inform them about educational and experiential requirements for your particular career field. You’ll enhance your company’s reputation by positioning yourself high in the minds of local teachers, students and parents, and you will have a positive influence on the link between education and employment.
Click here for suggestions on Career Presentation Content
and Interactive Presentations
Participate in Mock Interviews
If you are in Human Resources, or in a position to hire people at your work site, consider participating in WLC's Mock Interview program for high school students.
Participation in the Mock Interview program could include doing a class presentation on Business Etiquette and Interviewing Skills, and/or sitting down 1:1 with high school students to conduct an actual Mock Interview. Mock Interviews are the culminating activity to the Business Etiquette
program: a focus on preparing to enter the workforce with discussion on resumes, cover letters, applications and interviewing. The actual Mock Interview allows teens to practice interviewing skills before the real thing. Check out some typical Mock Interview Questions
to ask the student(s) during the 10-12 minute interview.
Here are additional resources: Resume and Application Details
, Interviewing Session Outline
, Interview Details
, Interview Tip PowerPoint
, Mock Interview Rubric
, Rating Sheet for Interviewers
and Session I Application Info