Questions to Ask While Job Shadowing
Job shadowing offers students a great opportunity to learn more about a career by spending at least part of a day with a professional observing, participating, and asking questions.
Students can enhance their shadowing experience by preparing a list of questions to ask. While you may get to only ask a handful of your questions you do not want to bombard (and distract) the people you are shadowing with too many questions it s a good idea to plan for more questions in the event you shadow on a slow day.
What types of questions can and should you ask during your shadowing? Think of all the information you would like to have to help you better understand and decide whether the career field you are considering is right for you. The following is a list of questions you can ask feel free to modify them to better serve you, and remember you do not need to ask all of them!
Final Thoughts on Job Shadowing Success
This list of questions you can ask of the person you are shadowing should be more than enough to provide you a comprehensive understanding, but if you still seek other possible questions, check out this list of questions we developed for asking at informational interviews.
See also the tips, tools, and advice we offer in our Job and Career Resources for Teenagers.
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