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Job shadowing involves spending time with a person at work. While on the job, you’ll take part in some activities and get a good picture of what’s involved. A job shadowing opportunity often grows out of an informational interview.
How to set up a job shadow:
Take advantage of high school work experience programs if you can. They allow you to get on-the-job training with an employer. To find out more, check with your school or school board.
After high school there are other programs like this. Post-secondary programs can include internships and co-ops that provide hands-on experience. Examples include social work and engineering. Students in these programs work in paid and unpaid positions. Visit OCCinfo and look for programs that offer internships and co-op opportunities.
Working part time or in an entry-level position can increase your knowledge of an industry. Working with co-workers and customers helps you learn more about the job and other related occupations.
Use these suggestions to make the most of your on-the-job experience:
Type the names of any interesting occupations you discover while working or job shadowing. They'll be added to My Favourite Occupations in
My Career Plan.
My Favourite Occupations: for example, chef or server (enter occupations 1 per line or separate by commas)
Notes and Ideas: for example, talk to Carlos about job shadowing one of his restaurant staff
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