Job shadowing, also known as externship, allows students to observe full-time professionals on-the-job and experience a typical workday or workweek. Job shadowing is a form of experiential learning where students can “try on” various work environments within their projected career fields and can gain information helpful to career decisions like choosing a major, occupation, or industry.
Though generally not for credit or compensation, job shadowing provides many benefits. Participation in job shadowing can:
- Help clarify career aspirations and professional goals
- Connect classroom learning to real-world application
- Allow for exploration of different occupations and workplace cultures
- Develop professional networking contacts that may make finding and acquiring future internships or full-time opportunities easier
Job shadowing is a common practice in healthcare related fields, however, some industries might not be as familiar with the concept or able to accommodate a shadow due to privacy concerns. For guidance on how to approach a potential job shadowing contact, refer to the Job Shadowing and Information Interviews Guide.
FSUshadow connects students with employers, community partners, alumni and friends of the university for one-day job shadowing experiences to provide career exposure in a wide variety of fields and industries. FSUshadow is planned for both winter and spring break during the 2016-2017 academic year. More information can found through the FSUshadow Program link above.
Find Job Shadow Opportunities
The ProfessioNole database is a great way to identify contacts who may be open to hosting a job shadow, both locally and nationally. Use ProfessioNole to connect with FSU alumni and professionals who work in various career fields and possess a wide range of academic experiences. Reach out by phone or email to share your interest in job shadowing. For assistance in reaching out to possible job shadow contacts, refer to the Job Shadowing and Information Interviews Guide.