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Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is another great way to learn about a job. Job shadowing involves spending time with someone who’s actually doing the work and/or volunteering to help out in the workplace.

Job shadowing lets you learn about a job by walking you through the work day as a shadow to a competent worker. It is a temporary, unpaid introduction to working in an occupation you are interested in learning more about. Shadowing lets you see the work environment, employability and occupational skills used, and potential career options.

A formal job shadow program requires an employee/company to partner with the school so check out the programs available through your school and/or district. You can also create job shadowing opportunities on your own by talking with family members and family friends.