Written by: Timothy Gartz, University Guidance & Matt Grady, IB Diploma Coordinator
From June 11-21, YCIS Pudong is excited to continue our tradition of providing the job shadow internship program for all Year 11 students. This year, we are pleased to include several YCIS Gubei students for the first time who demonstrated interest after hearing of the programme that continues to yield outstanding results. What’s impressive and truly appreciated by our school community is the wide range of internships available to our students. YCIS has partnerships with 18 different renowned corporations and organisations this year in industries such as: Hotel and Hospitality, Art & Design, Law, Medical, Sport, Finance, Engineering, Marketing and Psychology. Each site is well supervised, has provided a complete schedule and target goals for our students and in many cases, offer opportunities not made available to other high school students in Shanghai or even the world. Our University Guidance counselor Mr. Gartz notes:
“This programme is unique in providing our students at the high school level real-world work experience. The students are treated as young professionals and expected to represent themselves and our school with pride”.
Importantly, the programme raises student awareness regarding the value of regularly participating in internships throughout school and at university. Ultimately, students begin to understand and view work experience as an opportunity for building skills, relationships, experience and a quality resume, which potentially opens up employment opportunities for them in the future.
In preparation, our students have been guided on producing professional Resumes and Introduction letters to each company. In addition, a valuable preparation briefing was led by Mr. Gartz and our IGCSE Coordinator Mr. Lee on Monday June 4 to review expectations, ways to make a strong first impression and to discuss 21st century job skills that students can begin practicing, evaluating in their placements and discuss with company supervisors. At the end of the programme, students will complete site evaluations with their supervisors and discuss ways to further improve the experience in coming years. The job shadow programme has already shown to have a very powerful impact; as several in our recently graduated class of 2018 reported it having a powerful impact in directing their career paths and university choices.
YCIS Pudong has a long term vision for expanding our job shadow partnerships based on the positive feedback received from both our partners as well as our students. YCIS is very grateful for the opportunities provided by our current partners and greatly appreciates hearing from other organizations that would be willing to contribute to the Job Shadow programme. Contact Mr. Gartz if interested – email@example.com
Because career exploration is so important, we will host an annual Careers Day on June 22 at the end of Job Shadow so each of our Year 9 – 12 students can benefit. Each of them will have the chance to choose 3 unique career presentations to participate in before we come together for a full school assembly where a few students will share a review of their Job Shadow experience and the presenters will be recognized. We have invited several of the supervisors from Job Shadow but also extend the invitation to others who are outstanding in their respective fields. So far, we have confirmed speakers in the areas of Creative Design, Computer Engineering, Marketing, Veterinary Science, Medicine and Sports to name a few. We look forward to this exciting way to inform our students of several career paths that our IGCSE and IB programmes can take them.