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What is job-shadowing? How do you find someone to shadow?

Topic: Getting a Job | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Job-shadowing is when you follow in the footsteps of someone who has a career in the industry you are majoring/interested in. Some companies will let you shadow an employee for a few days or even a week. They will show you the ins and outs of what they do, in order to give you a better idea of what their jobs entails. You can contact major corporations, ask to speak with their human resources dept, and find out if they offer job-shadowing days for students.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is actually spending time with and observing someone who is currently employed doing the job that you wish to do. The time spent shadowing will vary based upon the job setting, privacy requirements, and available staffing. Depending on the field that you wish to shadow in, I would recommend contacting a company in your area that hires for the job you want and asking for an opportunity to meet with the manager to request a job shadowing experience. If you're enrolled in college, you may actually be able to set something up with a company that has partnered with your college.

Answered by: Onlinelearningchick T. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is when you follow someone around. I would just start asking around if you know someone in the industry. If not then start calling local businesses.

Answered by: Zolty F. | over 4 years ago
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All these answers are great, but I just want to add that if you're a college student you can check with the alumni office as well to find someone who graduated from your program and who might be willing to help with shadowing.

Answered by: dthomas | over 1 year ago
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Job-shadowing is basically when you follow an employee in a job that you are interested in for the entire day. It is basically, a day of the life, which is great way to learn about the career. You can find someone to shadow by calling the local companies to see if they offer the program. If they do or have a specific day then you can come and shadow you can attend and join in on the shadow. This is a great way to determine if this correct field that you may be interested in.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is a work experience option where people learn about a job by watching someone's daily routines. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to change careers. You can shadow with many companies if you desire. The best way to find someone to shadow is to call the HR department of the business you want to shadow and discuss the possible details. You can also do job shadowing virtually.

Answered by: Opal O. | about 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is following a person around who has a job you are interested in. It is good because it shows you how real work on the job is done. It usually last about one day. Finding someone to shadow is as hard as asking them. Usually it is a parent or friend.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is following a person who does the job you want to do in their workplace. The best way to attend something like this is to talk to your counsilor or advisor at your school. They usually can set this up. This process allows you to see what the job you want to do is like first hand. This can help you see whether or not you really want to do it.

Answered by: Lmukeeper O. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing occurs when you follow someone around for the day as they go about their daily tasks and routine for a specific job. This allows you to get a feel for what their career is like. To find a shadow, simply ask someone you know if you could be their shadow for the day.

Answered by: Big Deal Z. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is working directly with a mentor in the industry you are planning to work in. You can find someone to shadow by calling firms in your field of study and ask if they have an internship. During the job interview process ask them if they have a mentoring process, where you can shadow someone with experience.

Answered by: Bitchstewie U. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is when you follow someone around while they work, you act as assistant. The best way is to ask friends / family in the industry you want to go into. If you don't know anyone then start calling everyone you can find in the industry and ask for the opportunity. You should be able to find someone that will let you follow them around for a day.

Answered by: Zolty F. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is somewhat like being an intern. You basically stand around and follow someone to see what they do in their job or career. From this, you gain experience about the tasks a job has, the physical/mental requirements, and any useful skills that may help one complete the job. You can find someone to shadow either by asking outright, but most of the time your school will help you find someone because most degree programs require an internship or shadowing.

Answered by: Mayell U. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is an opportunity for you to connect, or "shadow" with a business professional who has specific knowledge about an occupation or career in which you are interested. You pretty much follow them around and watch what they do and how they work. You can find someone to shadow by contacting employers in the job field that you plan to go into. Usually someone will let you follow them around for the day, or longer if you choose, until you feel comfortable.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is when you go to someones workplace and "work" beside them. Usually they explain what they are doing so that you understand and figure out if that is really what you want to do. You can find someone to shadow by simply calling a work place and explaining who you are, and what you would like to do. Most local places will allow you to job-shadow. You could also talk to your advisor (if in college) and they can point you to the right direction.

Answered by: Nb07 Y. | over 4 years ago
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You basically follow a person who works in the field you are studying, I know teaching students do this a lot. You can go through your school many offer to find you someone. My best friend father was a teacher so he ended up going back to his high school and shadowing his past teachers, the same school he teaches in now.

Answered by: Jon H. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing allows a student to follow a professional in their chosen line of work, in order to experience firsthand the career in which they are interested. The best way to find a professional to job shadow is to speak with your counselor and express an interest in job shadowing or internship. From there, your counselor can provide you with a list of contacts in your area of interest.

Answered by: Amusebouche O. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is when someone interested in a particular profession follows around a peron who currently has the job. For example, a potential law student may job-shadow a lawyer for a few weeks to see the job is one that the student would actually want to pursue. Finding someone to shadow can be a relatively simple thing to do. You should begin by asking friends and relatives if they know anyone in the particular field in question - when there are personal connections, professionals are more likely to allow the student to shadow. If you don't know anyone, just call get to your nearest phonebook, and call around to different places and ask random people if they'll allow you to shadow them for a day. People are usually willing to help!

Answered by: Rx Josh I. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is following someone who is in the job field you are interested in. You get to follow them around for a day and take notes on how they perform their jobs. They usually give you a tour and answer your questions. It's a great observation and not really a hands on type thing. You can find someone to job shadow by just finding their email and ask if it's ok.

Answered by: Sea Whale H. | over 4 years ago
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It is following someone around at work and seeing what they do everyday. Job shadowing also usually involves hands on involvement with the person you are shadowing. All you have to do is go to a place of business where you would be interested in shadowing and ask if they would let you. Most businesses are very happy to allow students to do this. When you job shadow it is best to pick something that you are actually interested in doing one day.

Answered by: Jwicklund07 L. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is when you go to work with someone and see what they do on a day to day basis. This is a great way to see if a career you find interesting is actually a good fit. Finding someone to shadow can be as easy and as informal as asking a friend's parent. Or you can go to the academic advising office and see if they can put you in touch with a recent graduate.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is when you follow someone while they are working. You get to see first-hand what they do and what their work encompasses. Finding someone to shadow takes some initiative. Find someone who's working in an area that you would like to know more about and try contacting them via phone or email. Tell them who you are and why you wish to job-shadow them.

Answered by: Chaniel W. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is basically volunteer work for a person or company that you would like to be in one day. You just get a tour and maybe get your hands in on some of the stuff they do. To find someone, ask your career counselor or simply call or get in touch with a specific company or person to see if they would let you in one day.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is following someone around for a day or two at work. You won't have any responsibilities usually but you will see what the job really entails. You first think of a job you would like to see then ask friends and family if they know someone. If they don't then you ask different people in the profession you would like to experience. Someone will understand and let you shadow them for a day or two.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is following someone at work. Say you were wanting to be a police officer; you may ride along with an officer on his/her shift in order to observe what goes into being a police officer. Find some place you might want to work one day and go talk to them about shadowing them for a day or so. They should be happy to oblige.

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is when you follow someone while they perform their job. It provides insight into what a job that you might be interested in is like and may help you decide whether or not you may like a job or career. I would check with your school's career services department, they could help you find one. it also may be helpful to search for internships, as they are very similar to job-shadowing.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is following a professional throughout a day, to get an idea for what kinds of work that profession involves. Use your networks to find someone - people you know or people your parents know in the profession you're interested in. Your school may also have a list of alumni or friends of the school who are willing to be shadowed.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is following a person around during their day-to-day activities at their job. To find someone to shadow in the field in which you are interested, ask around amongst your family members and family friends or perhaps professionals in your community. Hopefully someone within your network will be able to connect you with a job-shadowing opportunity!

Answered by: Owlie U. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is when you go to work with someone and see what they do on a day to day basis. This is a great way to see if a career you find interesting is actually a good fit. Finding someone to shadow can be as easy and as informal as asking a friend's parent. Or you can go to the academic advising office and see if they can put you in touch with a recent graduate.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is when you follow someone while they are working. You get to see first-hand what they do and what their work encompasses. Finding someone to shadow takes some initiative. Find someone who's working in an area that you would like to know more about and try contacting them via phone or email. Tell them who you are and why you wish to job-shadow them.

Answered by: Chaniel W. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is basically volunteer work for a person or company that you would like to be in one day. You just get a tour and maybe get your hands in on some of the stuff they do. To find someone, ask your career counselor or simply call or get in touch with a specific company or person to see if they would let you in one day.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is following someone around for a day or two at work. You won't have any responsibilities usually but you will see what the job really entails. You first think of a job you would like to see then ask friends and family if they know someone. If they don't then you ask different people in the profession you would like to experience. Someone will understand and let you shadow them for a day or two.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is following someone at work. Say you were wanting to be a police officer; you may ride along with an officer on his/her shift in order to observe what goes into being a police officer. Find some place you might want to work one day and go talk to them about shadowing them for a day or so. They should be happy to oblige.

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is when you follow someone while they perform their job. It provides insight into what a job that you might be interested in is like and may help you decide whether or not you may like a job or career. I would check with your school's career services department, they could help you find one. it also may be helpful to search for internships, as they are very similar to job-shadowing.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is following a professional throughout a day, to get an idea for what kinds of work that profession involves. Use your networks to find someone - people you know or people your parents know in the profession you're interested in. Your school may also have a list of alumni or friends of the school who are willing to be shadowed.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is following a person around during their day-to-day activities at their job. To find someone to shadow in the field in which you are interested, ask around amongst your family members and family friends or perhaps professionals in your community. Hopefully someone within your network will be able to connect you with a job-shadowing opportunity!

Answered by: Owlie U. | over 4 years ago
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Basically, job-shadowing is when you follow around someone who is in a career or field that you are interested in in order to observe what they do on a day to day basis. If you are looking for someone to shadow, first ask people you know, such as family members or family friends that work in your desired field, if they would mind having you shadow them. If you don't have any family or family friends doing what you are interested in, you should either go on-line and look for databases with professionals in that field from you area and contact them by phone or email, or look in the phone book and begin calling around to inquire.

Answered by: Sunset Lover Z. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is when you follow someone while they do their job all day. You can see what their daily job duties are, and how they do them. Check around with different companies to see which places offer job-shadowing and how to apply.

Answered by: Tonya S H. | over 4 years ago
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Job-shadowing is when you follow and observe somebody in a profession that you would like to be. It is almost like an unpaid internship though sometimes you do not get to do any hands on stuff. The professional will guide you through what she or he does in the job. To find somebody, you could look for someone online and shoot them an e-mail or ask a professor or counselor if they could recommend you to someone.

Answered by: Nycpigeons Q. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is when you follow a person around as they do their daily job (ie shadow. It's a great experience as you get to experience what this person does on a daily basis and you can figure what you like or don't like about the particular job. A textbook can't teach you that! The best way to find a person to shadow is to talk to someone in your department, counselor, or visit the local places of business in the field you're interested in and see if they have a program or can direct you to a place to shadow.

Answered by: Ecupirates08 R. | over 4 years ago
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First, "job-shadowing" should be much more than "shadowing". Make your definition of "shadowing" very clear. My definition of shadowing, as a primary care general internist who gets "shadowing" requests, is this is an activity that should involve active contributions by the person doing the shadowing. Ask about how you could do much more than "shadow". Ask: "What can I read and glean from prior to "shadowing" so that I can make a positive contribution to your work?" Ask: "How have people, who have shadowed you in the past, made contributions to your work and thereby gone way beyond mere "shadowing?" Ask: "After learning more can I provide you with a prospectus about how I might be able to contribute while "shadowing?"

Answered by: Charles B. | almost 2 years ago
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Job shadowing is following a specific person around and watching how they perform their job. The idea is that by watching someone do a job you're interested in, you can tell if the job would be a good fit for you. As for finding someone to shadow, ask your friends and family if they have any connections. Corporations are often friendly to job-shadowers because they might end up as hires someday.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | over 4 years ago
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Basically, job-shadowing is when you follow around someone who is in a career or field that you are interested in in order to observe what they do on a day to day basis. If you are looking for someone to shadow, first ask people you know, such as family members or family friends that work in your desired field, if they would mind having you shadow them. If you don't have any family or family friends doing what you are interested in, you should either go on-line and look for databases with professionals in that field from you area and contact them by phone or email, or look in the phone book and begin calling around to inquire.

Answered by: Sunset Lover Z. | over 4 years ago
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Job shadowing means that you spend a day with someone in a profession that interests you. This is a great way to see what someone does on a day to day basis. Many times you can set up a job shadow through your career center. There also might be an alumni network at your college that you could easily reach out to. Make sure you don't shadow someone too senior. It's great to be able to see what they do, but it will be hard to get a feeling for what you would be doing on a daily basis at entry level.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | about 4 years ago
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Job shadowing is following someone around as they are at work. You pick someone who is in a career field you are interested in and then follow them anywhere from a day to a week. It is a great way to make industry contacts and to see whether you would really enjoy that career path. Oftentimes, your school's alumni association can put you in contact with alumni doing whatever job you are interested in. Usually, alumni are more than happy to help a college student.

Answered by: Mem4dr A. | about 4 years ago
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