More than 30 Moss Point High School career and technical center students are learning about local career opportunities directly from area companies through reverse job shadowing.
Participating companies, which include AT&T, Chevron, Ingalls Shipbuilding, and Thompson Engineering, send their own representatives to the classroom, and those speakers provide students with information on career opportunities in the area, the education and training needed to qualify for those jobs, and an explanation on how concepts being taught in the classroom can be applied in the real world.
Billy Carroll, the engineering instructor and STEM coach who started the program, said reverse job shadowing provides students insight on future career paths and helps them establish potential career goals.
“When compared with traditional job shadows, the reverse job shadows allow our students to explore more careers from multiple organizations with no expense to the district and no liability to the organizations as compared to traditional job shadowing. In this respect, it has been very successful,” he said. “Anytime we can guide students in making an educated decision about potential careers and help them find the path to pursue it is always positive.”
Reverse job shadowing also eliminates many common issues faced when participating in traditional job shadowing, such as students finding transportation to jobs and time commitment. Bringing professionals to campus instead of sending students to job sites also removes liability issues for companies.