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Taking Kids to Work... Virtually

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, January 27, 2000

Career choices, kids....and the web. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. The concept of taking your kids to work for a day has caught on in recent years...but a lot of young people are not necessarily interested in the jobs their parents have. That's where a program called Job Shadow Day comes in....

"It's an event on February 2nd and it gives more than a million kids the chance to shadow someone in the workplace and find out what it's like to be them for a day."

Anne Hollows, Senior VP at Monster.com...one of the leading career sites on the web. And on Job Shadow Day, the site is launching a new virtual component.....

"Virtual job shadowing is really the opportunity for kids to look at a profile of someone, see what it's like to be with them for a day....find out what kind of education they had...what kind of training they had to get where they are....what advice they have to give to kids."

The program is designed for twelve to seventeen year olds and the web site will be there for them year round. The value...

"It opens kids up to other possibilities. You know, most kids are exposed to the usual professions and to what their parents do and maybe what friends of the family do. But here's a chance to see somebody doing something entirely different and it really opens up their minds to the possibilities for them."

You can find more information at jobshadow.org