Job Shadowing

If you are in doubt about a particular career path, job shadowing is a chance to clear your uncertainties.  Job shadowing means spending one day or a few days with someone in his or her work environment whose career you might want to make your own. You would follow and observe this person as they navigate a regular day at work.  This provides first hand experience and insight into potential careers.  Also if you find yourself more and more enthusiastic as the day progresses, take this opportunity to make connections.  Sometimes the hardest part about job shadowing is finding someone to shadow.  If you know someone whose career interests you, even if you only know them as an acquaintance, just ask.  The worst he or she can say is no.  In most cases, the person would probably be flattered.  There are also programs available such as “Job Shadow Week” sponsored by the University of Alberta which can connect you to more unique and scarce careers.

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