Job Shadowing

November 4, 2019

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:

Mark your calendars!  Friday, December 13 is Job Shadow Day for 8th grade Fort Mill Middle School students.  The South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act recommends that all 8th grade students participate in Job Shadow Day and Fort Mill Middle School is happy to give you this opportunity! 

Job shadowing gives you a chance to spend time with a professional who works in a career that interests you and encourages further career exploration as you look toward registering for your high school classes.  It also gives you an opportunity to practice professionalism and have the experience of networking, making an appointment, completing paperwork by a deadline, etc. 

The best way to find a job shadow is through networking.  Think of what job interests you, and talk to people you know to see if they know someone with that job.  From there, simply call or email them to ask for the opportunity.  Once you have your job shadow appointment arranged, complete the form at (The form is also accessible through a link on the FMMS homepage.)  To complete the form you will need the name of the company, the name and job title of the person you are shadowing, and his/her email address and phone number.  Parents, this form includes a section that must be completed by you.  Please have this online form completed by Friday, December 6.

When you arrive at your job shadow, please act professionally and respectfully.  Remember to shake hands, look people in the eye, speak clearly, and be attentive.  Be sure to thank them for their time!  Take the attached “Job Shadow Observation Report” to your job shadow and find out the answers to those questions and/or your own questions!  Complete the evaluation on the back to let me know what you liked/didn’t like about job shadowing.  You need to return the Job Shadow Observation Report in order to receive an excused absence.  It is due to your homeroom teacher when you return to school on Monday, December 16.  (They will not be accepted after Wednesday, December 18.)

Please refer to the attached FAQ’s for more information, and to learn how I can help you with job shadow.  I can’t wait to read about your good job shadow experiences!




Kati McFadden

Career Development Facilitator

Fort Mill School District

Needed Paperwork and Resources
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Frequently Asked Questions

Observation Report Form

Business Evaluation Form

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