Source: Getting Results: "Using Job-Shadowing Experiences"
This media asset is adapted from Getting Results: "Using Job-Shadowing Experiences."
In this professional development video adapted from Getting Results, a student and a microbiologist talk about the student’s job-shadowing experience in a biotechnology lab. The microbiologist explains how the experience exposes the student to the profession, thus, helping her make decisions about her future career. The student describes how the job-shadowing helps her understand what is involved in a biotechnology job.
Until students have experience in industry, many are unaware of what jobs are out there and which are best suited to their skills, knowledge, and personalities. Job-shadowing is a low-commitment, low-risk way to learn about the work world. Job-shadowing gives a student the chance to visit a work site and spend a day or more observing an individual employee going about his or her daily business.
Some job-shadowing allows students to go beyond observing. In these instances, they are allowed to play an active role—participating in meetings, collecting and manipulating data, or helping to write reports. Job-shadowing takes place off campus; instructors can arrange these opportunities and encourage students to reflect on their experiences.
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