AOF students offered glimpse into business careers

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Sophomores and juniors in Northport High School’s Academy of Finance got a glimpse into their futures during Job Shadow Day on Feb. 28. AOF Coordinator Allison Schwabish said, “like the groundhog sees it’s shadow,” students spend a minimum of 4-6 hours in a business-related workplace to “shadow” a mentor in an area of interest.
Some of the job shadow companies included NASDAQ, the United States Marine Corp, Douglas Elliman and even the Northport-East Northport Union free School District.
Job shadows introduce academy students to the environment, expectations and the requirements of the workplace and how the skills they learn in school can be put into action in the workplace. Ms. Schwabish described the program as a “real contextualized experience.”
“Students get the chance to see the daily activities and ask questions about the job and industry,” she said. “They learn about internship opportunities and gain an insight into the culture, business ethics and protocol of their company. It also gives the students a chance to see how finance touches every industry.”
Students receive a packet prior to the job shadow, which provides them with the expectations of the day, asks them to reflect on their experiences thereafter and allows the mentor to provide feedback of their interactions with the student. Students share stories with their peers when they return to class the next day and write thank you letters to their job shadow hosts.