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You’ve simply got to love the creativity of some people. Next week is National Job Shadow Week and National Job Shadow day on February 2 and North Dakota is participating. Yes, indeed, Job Shadow Day is celebrated the same day as Ground Hogs Day. While the rest of the world centers their focus on whether or not a slightly chubby rodent has seen his shadow in Punxsutawney, some North Dakota students will be looking for the shadow of their future careers.
Job shadowing is a unique experience in which a student “shadows” a professional at their place of work. I personally like to think of it as job shopping. It allows individuals to “try on” a job for a day, much like a new pair of jeans, and decide if it’s truly “a fit.” Choosing a career path while you’re in high school or college is a big decision and one we want our young people to succeed at.
Businesses and schools participating in Job Shadow Week are providing students the opportunity to not only try out a career, but exposing them to the opportunities available to them right here in North Dakota. Students have been encouraged to job shadow in any business in North Dakota including any of North Dakota’s targeted industries: energy, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, tourism, or technology-based businesses.
“Businesses can learn about the benefits of opening their doors to our youth – their future employees and customers,” said Commissioner Al Anderson, North Dakota Department of Commerce. “This helps build career connections between young educated North Dakotans who are looking for good careers and businesses looking for future workforce solutions. It’s a win-win situation.”
All in all, we think it is a great way to help youth better understand and make smart choices about their career path and a future in North Dakota. If you want to virtually participate in Job Shadow Week, check out our online job shadows at Career Conversations on NDYouthForward.com.
With the launch of North Dakota’s new tourism campaign earlier this week, came distinct attention around one ad. The ad, which depicted a girls-night out on the town, caused a bit of a social media stir yesterday when it became widely shared and commented on.
We support North Dakota Tourism’s efforts to promote our state’s nightlife and fun atmosphere and think their response is worth reading:
Sometimes even the best, well-intentioned things can be misinterpreted. It is the beauty of us all having our own opinion. As an Ambassador of North Dakota, whether you like the ad or not, I know we can all agree that North Dakota is still a fun place to have an evening out.
North Dakota loves enticing new visitors to the state, and that effort starts with our Tourism marketing campaigns that begin each spring. Yesterday, the North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Division launched its 2012 campaign materials. Soon you’ll be seeing ads for North Dakota in some of your favorite print magazines, as well as on TV stations outside our region. All these efforts are aimed at luring people to North Dakota for that Legendary experience. Take a moment to preview the materials now and entice yourself to come and be legendary in North Dakota.
Video spots can be found at:
Print ads can be found at:
Or check out the digital version of the travel guides … they are really cool! Travel Guide:
and Hunting & Fishing Guide: