Job shadowing involves following a professional in their field and observing the work that they do. Shadowing is often short-term, so it is a great way to get exposure to a particular career field. It can also help students develop their network and may help students obtain mentors who may be instrumental in developing a career.
To find someone to shadow, think about the people in your life. Do you have any family members or friends in the career that your student is interested in? Do you use any providers in the field of interest, such as your child’s pediatrician if they are interested in becoming a doctor, or a favorite restaurant you go to if they are interested in being a chef, etc.?
Before shadowing someone, make sure to research the career, the business, and the person if possible. Be kind, courteous, and flexible with schedules, and be understanding if the professional does not have time available. Ask them if they know of anyone else who may be willing to let your child shadow them.