NextStep's Career-Shadowing Program

What is Career/Job-Shadowing

Job shadowing is a career exploration activity that offers an opportunity to spend time with a professional currently working in your career field of interest. Job shadowing offers a chance to see what it’s actually like working in a specific job. Not only do job shadowers get to observe the day-to-day activities of someone already employed in the industry you're interested in, job shadowers get a chance to have their questions answered.

Explore Your Career Options

Career exploration is the second phase of the career planning process. Once the first phase of self-assessment is completed, it is then time for you to learn more about the vast array of career options that currently exist. Here, on our website, we offer a multitude of resources from which you can learn about careers.

In addition to reading about the career options that exist, gaining exposure and first-hand experience through job shadowing (as well as internships) can make the difference between assuming what a potential career would be like and experiencing it first-hand by working on-site. 

How to sign up

  1. First, see what job-shadowing programs are available by clicking here.

  2. Select one of the available businesses to learn more information about them.

  3. Select the date you would like to sign up for.

How to Prepare for Your job Shadow Position

You want to make sure you make a good first impression so be sure to check out the dress code beforehand. Don’t hesitate to ask us about the appropriate dress code for your department or team. Because job shadowing is similar to information interviewing, preparing a list of questions beforehand is essential to getting the most out of the experience.

Job Shadowing for Career Changers

Job shadowing can also be a good path for those in the process of changing careers. Not only can a job shadow provide more information than you'll find online, it offers a first-hand look at the culture of the organization. The importance of a good cultural fit can't be underscored enough. In addition to possessing the relevant knowledge and skills to successfully completing a job, fitting in with the overall culture and getting along with team members is crucial to not only your success but happiness.

Career changers possess a lot of transferable skills that they can bring to a new job. However, depending on the nature of the change, additional training or education may be required.

Find Career Shadowing Programs Near You!

Select one of the following Career Categories:

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