The Job Shadowing Program is a unique benefit to students through Career Connections. It provides an opportunity to visit a company and an employee who is working in the occupation one is hoping to enter. A student spends time one-on-one with an employee at the worksite. He or she observes daily activities, asking questions about the job and workplace.
The experience provides students with a look at the world of work and the range of career opportunities available to them. Students can relate the job shadow experience directly to career interests, related skills requirements, all aspects of an industry, and further education options. A job shadow experience consists of three to twenty-five hours with any one employee, and can help determine a direction for an internship.
Students who participate come from diverse backgrounds with a common goal. They are attempting to learn as much as possible about the responsibilities, skills, and future outlook of occupations they are considering for future employment. As technology changes, our work environment also changes. New skills and abilities are required to meet the demands of this ever-changing world. It now takes a great deal of insight, knowledge and know-how to make a decision that will affect the rest of our lives. Job Shadowing may be one of the most important programs students can take advantage of at Sierra College. The benefits include an opportunity to:
In deciding where you want to shadow you need to consider a few things:
Please talk to a Sierra College counselor or contact Career Connections to begin your research.
It is a good idea to follow up your Job Shadow with a thank-you note. In it, you might want to mention the information you found particularly interesting or helpful. Let them know that you appreciate them letting you ask questions, observing the daily activities of the workplace and that the experience was a great value to you.