University of Southern Indiana

Job Shadowing

Many students are eager to find a major that matches up with a particular career interest. One way to learn more about a career is to conduct a job shadow. Job shadowing is when you meet with a professional who currently works in an industry of your interest and see what they do on a daily basis.

Ask the people such as your parents, siblings, professors, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and neighbors, if you can spend a day observing them at work. Be sure to make a great first impression from the moment you ask about job shadowing through your follow-up thank you note.  Dress to impress, keep detailed and accurate notes, ask follow up questions and avoid getting in their way at work. Remember, this is their job and they are doing you a favor.

At the end of the job shadowing experience, reflect on what you learned. What did you like? What did you dislike? What were the critical components of the job? What was the working environment?

Remember to follow up with a personalized, hand-written note sent within a few days of your job shadow experience.

Education Center Room 1142 812/465-1606 Univ_Div@usi.edu

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