The Week that Launched Thousands of Careers: Job Shadow Week 2020 Kicks Off, Entirely Online
Industry and education come together to inspire tomorrow’s workforce with live, virtual career exploration
This week, more than 2,500 ambitious middle school and high school students nationwide will connect with career professionals to discover opportunities for life after graduation.
During a summer when internships have been cut in half, experiences like
“Whether students are looking for ideas for their future, or they are actively pursuing jobs in finance, manufacturing, healthcare, or public service, having a fluency with the career options that are out there and a comfort level with professional interactions online is going to set them up for success in the job market,” said
Originally planned as a collection of in-person events nationwide,
Students will hear directly from leaders in career fields such as e-gaming, public service, human resources, hospitality, agriculture, and more. Speakers will share key strategies to set themselves apart as emerging professionals. Highlights from the week’s program include:
Tallo Co-Founder and CEO
Casey Welchwill introduce students to Tallo’s online platform and share the value of creating a digital portfolio to support career development. Members of the Tallo team will also lead interactive sessions on how job-seekers can differentiate themselves in interviews, identify valuable mentors, and seek out scholarships and other education- and career-advancing opportunities.
David MacIlwraith, General Manager at Triple Creek Ranch, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at an independent hotel, including careers in hospitality operations and marketing.
Ernest Holmes, Software Engineer at Google and President and Co-Founder of CodeHouse, will share how he and his colleagues develop next-generation technologies, and the steps students can take to pursue careers in this field.
Jeremy Hull, Senior Vice President of Innovation at iProspect, will offer a look into the exciting and fast-paced field of digital marketing, and the careers that exist at the forefront of the digital revolution.
John Gibson, Vice President of External and Multicultural Affairs at the Motion Pictures Association of America, will give students a look at what it’s like to work in the entertainment industry, and how the MPA is working to advance diverse storytelling in Hollywood.
Kevin Wedeen-Zittle, Senior Manager of Student Programs at Salesforce, will share insights into the growing demand for Salesforce skills and the career opportunities available to those who master them. He will also discuss how Trailhead, Salesforce’s free online learning platform, can empower anyone to skill up for the jobs of the future.
Reeba Attrey, Progression, Retention, and Equity Specialist at YouTube, will introduce students to the ways leading companies are embracing social justice, equity, and inclusion, and how students can forge a path in mission-driven work.
- Tim Burnvoth, walnut farmer and Operations and Logistics Manager at FATCO, will introduce students to the modern world of agriculture, how the industry has changed over time, and how potential job seekers can keep up.
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