Through a job shadowing program, you can spend a day or two on the job with an expert. As an observer, you can see how the professional goes about his or her daily tasks to determine if the job is something that interests you.
Job shadowing gives you the opportunity to meet professionals who do what you hope to. Ask questions, find out the challenges they face, and learn from their experience. You can also get started on networking (and find college references), especially if you think the career is the right one for you.
Job shadowing looks terrific on a college application. The more experience and dedication you demonstrate in your field of interest, the more attractive a candidate you are.
The Nitty Gritty
Job shadowing is:
- Usually unpaid
- Typically less than 3 days
- Often done at a local company or organization
How to Apply
Work with your school counselor to identify job shadowing opportunities in the field of study you'd like to pursue. Your counselor will usually reach out to a local company (on your behalf) to set up the specific details, but you can do this too if you know about a job shadowing opportunity.
Ask your counselor if your school has any requirements that you must fulfill. You may need to complete some paperwork either before or after your job shadowing assignment. Or you may be asked to do a presentation.
Most important, don't forget to send a thank you to the company where you did your job shadowing!
Want to Know More?
- Don't have a job shadowing program at your school? Ask your counselor to set one up.