Students Try on a ‘Job for a Day’

Instead of another day in the classroom, about 300 Loudoun teenagers were invited to report to job sites throughout the county today to get a glimpse of various careers.

Through the annual Job for a Day program, sponsored by the Loudoun School-Business Partnership, the high school students shadowed people in various professions that they are considering pursuing.

Several companies and organizations opened their doors to students for the day, including Northern Virginia Community College, Children’s Science Center, NOVEC, Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

This is Inova Loudoun’s 15th year as a Job for a Day host, and it is typically the largest host site. They welcomed 55 students today, giving them a taste of the various roles that make the hospital operate.

Woodgrove High School junior Sophie Hudak shadowed Reneé Brohard, who oversees public relations for Inova Loudoun Hospital. Hudak said she’s always been curious about public relations and her experience through the Job for a Day program confirmed it is the career she wants to pursue.

“I really like the idea of promoting a brand and making an image and maintaining that image,” she said. “I went into this not knowing much about it, but I really liked it.”

Stacey Metcalfe, the hospital’s government and community relations liaison and a member of the Loudoun School-Business Partnership Executive Council, said high school students are often told to keep their head down, focus on academics, and get into college but are rarely given an opportunity to spend a day in the job they’re ultimately pursuing.

“This gives them a day to evaluate a career path and experience the job to see what it’s really all about,” she said.

Metcalfe said the Loudoun School-Business Partnership Executive Council is always looking for more Job for a Day host sites. Learn more about Job for a Day at https://webinter.lcps.org/jobforaday/intro.aspx.

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