Already know what career you want but wondering what a typical day on the job is like? Job shadowing could be perfect for you!

What is job shadowing?

Job shadowing is spending some time observing a professional on the job. You will follow that person around, to gain knowledge on his/her daily activities and exposure to the workplace.

Why should you job shadow?

Job shadowing can help you discover whether or not a career or job is right for you. It gives you a quick look into the daily roles and responsibilities of a particular job. You can use job shadowing as your tool to explore your options to see what different careers are all about. Discover how the same job differs depending on the company and employer.

How to get a job shadowing opportunity?

Generally, you can job shadow any job you are interested in. Job shadowing opportunities are not advertised like other jobs. You have to create these opportunities by directly contacting the employer, company or the individual you are interested in shadowing. You may send an email, make a phone call, or go and ask in person. It is simply asking the person who has a job you are interested in if you could shadow him/her for a while.

Duration: A short period, usually a few days or weeks.

Benefits of job shadowing:

  • You will get advice and answers to questions you may have about the job position and industry.
  • Get a realistic view of what to expect in the career and industry in which you are interested.
  • It is a networking opportunity to get to know people in the industry, for possible future employment/work experience opportunities.
  • Including job shadowing in your CV, will show employers that you are driven and serious about making the right career choices.

Job shadowing is unpaid work. You will not get paid because you will not be doing the job or formally work. You will simply be shadowing or observing someone do their job. Job shadowing is an opportunity for you to get inside information on the duties of a particular job, and a glimpse into the daily operations of a company and industry.

Not sure what you want to do? Google some job descriptions to help guide you.