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Northwest College

Academic & Career Advising Center

Career Planning

Job Shadow

Your job shadowing experience(s) may result from one or more of your informational interviews or from other sources. However you secure a job shadow arrangement, use it to your advantage.

Job shadowing can

  • Provide you with the real picture of what a job is like from day-to-day.
  • Allow you to see whether or not you think you would enjoy that particular job or one very similar.

You may find out that a field is perfect for you or not suited to you at all. When you job shadow, you will spend a working day, or half a working day, with a contact that you have established. You will be able to observe the work environment, duties, etc. that come with that job.

Be sure to

  • Make your arrangements well in advance and don't pressure your contact into saying yes.
  • Use your persuasive abilities to convince your contact to provide you with this educational opportunity.
  • Reassure him/her that you would not interfere with the daily routine of the organization, but only observe.

Download this worksheet to document your job shadow experience.

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