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Job Shadowing

Job shadowing connects students with area professionals in a career related to students’ majors and career goals. Students learn about the job by shadowing an experienced professional for a morning or afternoon of a typical workday.

Tips for Job Shadowing

1. Arrive at your shadowing experience on time and dressed professionally.
* Professional or professional casual dress (no jeans) is appropriate. If you have any questions about this, please speak to Career Services.

2. Be prepared to ask questions during the experience, but spend much of your time listening and observing.
* Please be prepared with at least ten questions to ask the professional you are shadowing as he or she will be expecting you to ask. Ask if you may have his or her business card.

3. Remember to be polite and professional.
*Your sponsor is doing you a favor. He or she is taking time away from a busy schedule for you.
* Your sponsor may also be a potential mentor, internship supervisor on the hiring committee for a position you apply for, or have connections to a position you want to apply for; therefore, you want to make a good impression.
* Remember at all times, you are an ambassador for Clarke University. Make an positive impact for yourself and future students.

4. Even if you decide the career isn’t for you, you may be developing valuable contacts. You will also be learning about corporate culture and yourself in the process.

5. After the experience is over, thank your sponsor in person and write a thank you note or email.

6. Write your job shadowing reflection paper (see Career Services for guidelines) and email to Career Services within a week of your job shadowing experience.

7. To job shadow in a medical facility, please contact Career Services to initiate the process.