Senior Job Shadow

  • As a component of the Career Portfolio, the job shadow is a required activity for graduation from Lakeville Area Schools. A job shadow is a structured career activity where a student follows an employee at a company location to learn about a particular occupation or industry. The purpose of job shadowing is to help students explore a range of career options. For this to be a meaningful experience, students should shadow someone in their career path of interest.  It should not be parents or someone where students are currently working.  Those are opportunities for supplemental exploration.

    The employee who is hosting the student is called an adult mentor. The student will experience a one-on-one relationship with an adult mentor, observing activities and gaining valuable information about a possible chosen career. Job shadowing helps students accomplish the following:

    • Gain information about possible future career interests
    • Observe the daily routine of their adult mentor
    • Observe the system of the host company or business
    • Gain an insight into the academic, technical, and personal skills required by a particular occupation
    • Gain an understanding of the connection between school and work
    • Gain information to assist students in goal-setting and educational planning

    For completion of their LSHS Career Portfolio, seniors need to prepare by using the Job Shadow Packet to research and reach out for the mentor/location for the opportunity, attend their Job Shadow, then finish with the Senior Job Shadow Follow-Up Assignment by the noted deadline.

    When to Complete the Job Shadow


    Seniors are typically given time out of school on Opportunities Day to complete this assignment.  This year we will be using Digital Learning Day, March 7th, as the official day set aside for Seniors to do this. There is some flexibility with this date, but you cannot miss class time for completion of this activity. For example, you could do it on a day off school (like MEA, Nov 7 & 8, Winter Break, Spring Break, etc..) 

    Senior Job Shadow Instructions and Follow-Up Assignment for Class of 2023

    This JOB SHADOW PACKET should be your starting point to help search for one and/or prepare for it.

    • Your job shadow mentor should complete the LSHS Senior Interview as part of the process to begin the journey with them for the day you meet them.
    • Senior Job Shadow Follow-Up Assignment
      • *This is a reflection of information gathered and is to be completed AFTER the actual Job Shadow.  You will need to access MCIS in order to answer some of the questions on follow-up assignment (i.e. salary info, job outlook, etc..)

    To log in to MCIS:

    1. Go to
    2. Click the "Log in with Clever" button.
    3. Type in "Lakeville South" under Search for your school and then select it.
    4. Click on "Log in with Google."
    5. Students can now enter their school email username and password to login. 

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    Helpful Tips 

    MCIS logo These are the questions you would not or should not ask your job shadow mentor. All answers will come from the MCIS access within the topics on the left-hand menu. You should also SAVE the occupation when you are done and make a note about your reflection there as well.  

    • What are the education and training requirements?
    • What are the low-end, median, and high-end wages?
    • What is the employment outlook for this occupation?
    • List at least 3 other occupations that are similar or related to this occupation.
    • Name 3 post-secondary institutions that offer training in the area of this job field.

    The answers to these questions should be inputted into the Senior Job Shadow Follow-Up Assignment with other observations from your Job Shadow in order to complete your Job Shadow assignment. Julie Peterson will receive notification of your completion of the Google Doc and be able to see the job saved in MCIS. There is no need to follow-up. Once the deadline has passed, you will be notified within a few weeks IF your graduation requirement HAS NOT BEEN met... No news is good news!  If you have any questions, please contact




    Due to the change in the landscape of the workforce and employers since COVID-19 and how it disrupted or flipped the look of many places of employment, we realize this could still affect the Class of 2023 and the ability to perform the job shadow requirement necessary for graduation from Lakeville Schools. It is extremely important to be planning ahead, looking at variable options such as covering the 6 hour requirement between two different mentors for 3 hours each instead, or things such as that with some restrictions still in place with employers or many now working remotely, the accessibility to some employees or certain protocol and guidelines in place regarding additional people on-site, data or patient/client privacy, etc... we know that hurdles exist to this requirement. 

    We still want to give students the opportunity to perform a job shadow when it is available and safe to do so with proper precautions in place, as it's a meaningful step in helping plan for your post-secondary education and career readiness.  However, if you run into problems, please reach out to your Dean of Students or Career & College Readiness Coordinator,

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