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Job shadowing

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Job shadowing is a model of experiential learning and a career exploration activity that gives someone a first-hand look at a work environment within a chosen field. It offers the opportunity to spend time observing the day-to-day activities of a professional currently working in a person’s career field of interest, thus offering a chance to see what it’s actually like working in a specific job. A job shadow can extend from a simple hour-long visit with one person to an extended week-long stay allowing interaction with numerous staff and observation of a variety of activities. This activity can be integrated into curricular learning, but is not only for students: new or less experienced workers can also benefit from it.

References:

Canada Career Information Partnership. A Career Development Resource for Parents: Helping parents explore the role of coach and ally. 2006. Online: http://www.ccdf.ca/ccdf/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/a_career_development_resource_for_parents_e.pdf (Retrieved on May 27, 2014)

Keates, Cathy. “What Is Job Shadowing?” TalentEgg. Online: http://talentegg.ca/incubator/2011/02/03/what-is-job-shadowing/ (Retrieved on September 3, 2014)

Loretto, Penny. “Exploring Careers through Job Shadowing.” About Careers. Online: http://internships.about.com/od/internships101/a/whatisjobshadowing.htm (Retrieved on September 3, 2014)

Service Canada. “Job Shadowing.” Online: https://www.jobsetc.gc.ca/eng/categories.jsp?category_id=344&crumb=114&crumb=114&crumb=114&crumb=114 (Retrieved on September 3, 2014)

Western University. “Job Shadow.” Online: http://www.success.uwo.ca/experience/job_shadow.html (Retrieved on September 3, 2014)

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