Six Flags Magic Mountain, other local businesses will host employees for a day.Students and employers across the Santa Clarita Valley have an opportunity to look into the future during the 11th Annual National Groundhog Job Shadow Day presented locally on February 1, by the SCV School & Business Alliance.
Job Shadow is a half-day program that provides students the opportunity to select a career that they may be considering for their future and “shadow” a business mentor involved in that career. Potentially, the experience can inspire students to gain a new appreciation for their studies by showing them the correlation between what they learn in school and how it is used in the workplace.
For employers, Job Shadow offers an introduction to their workforce of tomorrow along with the opportunity to help students explore career options by sharing what it takes to achieve their goals.
Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Valley’s largest employer of local youth, has signed as Title Sponsor of the career-focused program. Many of the Valencia theme park’s senior executives began their careers in various Six Flags parks across the country as seasonal employees during their high school and college years. Passion for the industry and the vast range of opportunities found in the park’s day-to-day operations (over 300 different business operations), brought them back once their educations were on track.
Ticket-takers, ride operators and retail clerks are now designing rollers coasters, managing stores, planning promotions, overseeing security and managing the financial well-being of the 3,000-plus employee theme park.
The park will play host to 25 student shadows in their finance, engineering, security, marketing, technology, food service and retail divisions. Six Flags joins Remo Drums, Cal National Bank, A-1 Party and ProForma Graphix as event sponsors.
Nationwide, the month of February is designated as Job Shadow Month as the increasing number of students and industries seeking partnerships is no longer manageable in one day. Over the course of the month, more than 500 Santa Clarita Valley students are expected to participate in shadowing activities.
KHTS will host several job shadows, who you may hear live on the air during Friday’s Hometown Morning Show.
“The Job Shadow experience offers a great opportunity to make the world of work come alive for Santa Clarita Valley students,” explains committee chair Adele Macpherson, community services superintendent for the City of Santa Clarita, who will be hosting nine students in their engineering, economic development and film and tourism departments. “It can answer questions such as ‘Why do I have to learn this?’ and more importantly, ‘Is this really what I want to do?’ ”
Groundhog Job Shadow in Santa Clarita runs from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon for all participants to be held at 12 noon at the City of Santa Clarita Sports Complex gymnasium. Additional information is available by contacting the SCV School & Business Alliance at (661) 259-0033 ext. 776 or ext. 230.