So now that you know how beneficial job shadowing for high school students can be, read on to learn how to set up your own.
Check with your school
High schools often have connections with various companies who offer job shadowing.Ask your student advisor or someone at your schools career guidance teacher for a list of organisations you can contact.If you arent sure where youd like to do your job shadow, they can talk to you about your career goals and help you choose a place that will fit your interests.
Contact places where you’d like to work
If you have a specific place where you may like to work in the future or want to learn more about, you can also contact them directly.Call or e-mail someone from the companys human resources department(or if they dont have an HR department, call or e-mail the main contact line). Say that youre a student interested in learning more about certain careers, and youd like an opportunity to do a job shadow with someone from the company. List some reasons as to why you chose that particular company.
Check community forums or websites for possibilities.If you see interesting companies hiring for workers or interns, you can also contact them to see if theyd be willing to let you job shadow there.
Are there downsides to Job Shadowing?
Job shadowing can provide great experiences and teach you a lot, but if you have a negative experience or a mentor,it can turn you away from a job you had previously been really interested in.If you have a bad job shadow experience, the important thing is to remember that you only spent one day at one place, andthat does not represent the entire career by any means.People can have bad days, and people with the same job title can, and often do, have completely different work experiences.
If this happens to you, you shouldtry to set up another job shadow,either at a different location but for a similar job, or at the same place but with another mentor. Having a second job shadow can help you determine if it’s really the career you dislike, or if it was the specific company or person you shadowed.