Job-shadowing is a great way to explore careers and to see what a career is really like first-hand. Job-shadowing means following a professional for a day (or part of a day) as they go about their normal business. You’ll watch them perform routine tasks, attend meetings, handle problems and use their specific skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions, such as “What is your favorite part of your job?” or “What classes prepared you for your position?”
Since job-shadowing is relatively informal, setting up the experience is up to you (or your parent or teacher, if you’re younger). Contact friends, neighbors or family members in a career that interests you, and ask whether they would allow you to shadow them. Don’t forget to send a thank-you note afterwards, even if you discover it’s not the career for you.
Think you’re ready for a more intense experience in a professional setting? Indiana INTERNnet connects high school and college students with internship experiences across the state.