Guide to job shadowing

Job shadowing is a great way to learn first-hand about a career you’re interested in. You may want to try shadowing several different jobs before choosing a college or career. You may even want to shadow different people with the same job. Often people with the same degree or job title do very different things in their day to day work.

Before you go on a job shadow…

Practice introducing yourself. Remember that first impressions are important.

Think of questions that you might want to ask. Having some ideas about what you want to learn during your experience can make you more confident and let you get more out of the day. Some examples: When did you become interested in the field you are in? How did you learn more about it? Is this a typical day for you? If I wanted to work here, how much schooling do I need?

When you go…

BE ON TIME. Be courteous and responsible.

Ask questions. You’ll find that most people appreciate the interest you show in their work and will enjoy sharing what they know with you.

Bring something with you to take notes on. Also take emergency contact information with you.

And don’t forget…

After your job shadow, write a thank you letter! Letting people know how much you appreciate what they have done for you is an important courtesy and something you should do often. A thank you note makes others feel good about their efforts and more willing to respond if you ask for help or information in the future.

Job shadows at Bolton & Menk typically range from 2 to 4 hours.

Complete the form below to indicate your interest in job shadowing at Bolton & Menk. We require a two week notice for all requests. Job shadows are dependent on availability of staff and schedules. We try to accommodate all requests, but at times are unable to schedule due to project deadlines.

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