What is Job Shadowing?

Job shadowing is where you spend a day or a few days observing a professional on the job. While job shadowing, you can easily learn about different jobs, and can help you decide which careers you would enjoy the most. You can follow a doctor making her rounds in the hospital, observe a teacher conducting class, look over building plans with an architect, or something completely different – it all depends on who you shadow.

Job shadowing is popular with students, teachers and professionals because it introduces them to different careers and helps them decide which jobs would be the best fit for them. Job shadowing for school students is especially helpful because knowing which jobs you enjoy can help you decide on a major when you begin applying to colleges.

It can be a rewarding experience for teachers and professionals too, especially to exchange ideas and practices, and to learn about how things are done in other countries.