Job Shadowing

Contributor: Shannon Malkovsky. Lesson ID: 10050

Would a day on the job help you decide what career you want to pursue? Job shadowing allows you to visit a workplace and see first-hand what the job is like. All the tips you need are in this lesson!


Finding a Career

College and Career
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Job shadowing can help you understand the responsibilities and environment of a particular job.

  • Have you ever wondered what being a dancer, news anchor, radio talk show host, physical therapist, pharmacist, or chef would be like?

The list can go on and on.

Well, now is your chance to find out what a typical day is like in an occupation of your choice!

We are talking about job shadowing, and you will have the opportunity to set up your own job shadowing experience!

  • What is job shadowing?

Job shadowing is a career-exploration activity that allows job seekers to spend time with a professional who works in their career field of interest. It's a great way to learn about the day-to-day activities of a specific occupation and get an idea of whether or not you are interested in pursuing a career in this field.

You can benefit from job shadowing in many ways, including the following.

  • ? Get a more realistic view of what it’s like to work in a specific career.
  • ? Learn about a career that may be unfamiliar to you.
  • ? Gain better understanding of what you want and don’t want in a future career.
  • ? Gain experience to include in your résumé.
  • ? Develop networking contacts.
  • ? Learn about the issues and problems encountered in a specific field.

Continue to the Got It? section to build your list of potential careers!

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