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Job Shadow Day

Job Shadow Day, a national initiative, provides students with the opportunity to experience the world of work firsthand and make that critical connection between school and career. Students engage in career exploration by “shadowing” employees in the workplace and employers have the opportunity to present career options to potential future employees. For many years, NOVA, in collaboration with the City of Sunnyvale, has hosted a Job Shadow Day for this community’s disadvantaged youth. This year, Job Shadow Day was held on February 14.

Twenty-four juniors and seniors participated from Fremont High School’s Academic Foundations, a class that provides additional assistance and training in life skills leading to graduation, higher education and career success.

The day began with students participating at job shadow sites hosted by the City of Sunnyvale’s Environmental Services, Library and Community Services, Public Safety and Public Works departments. Then the students convened in the Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, where Sunnyvale Mayor Glenn Hendricks and City Manager Deanna Santana welcomed participants and shared their career paths, with speakers from the Public Works and Public Safety departments highlighting the diverse career opportunities in government. At the conclusion of the morning’s activities, students traveled to LinkedIn in Sunnyvale where they paired up with a LinkedIn employee for a mentoring lunch and more exciting job shadow opportunities.