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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.


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