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One of the best ways to explore is to spend time in the job you’re interested in. This can be as formal as a post-secondary course or as informal as an afternoon visit.

Job shadowing

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:

Work experience, internship, and co-op programs

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.

Exploring on the job

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:

  • Learn from everyone around you. If you don’t know, ask. Observe your co-workers, customers, and suppliers.
  • Use your newfound knowledge to refine your occupational research.
  • See if you can find a mentor in your workplace. A mentor is an experienced, trusted advisor who supports, guides and encourages you in all aspects of your career. Check out Find and Work with a Mentor.

Things I can try…

This personal information is being collected and used pursuant to section 33(c) and section 39(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information is being collected and retained on the system to facilitate your personal career planning process and to make it available for your ongoing use. You may choose to share this information with a Career Advisor to support the provision of career planning services. Please contact alis at alis.info@gov.ab.ca or 780-422-1794 if you have any questions regarding the collection or use of the information you submit.

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