Student Michael Warshafsky spent a summer job shadowing a range of professionals and has written a blog to share his experiences. In that time he sought out 60 different people doing a mix of roles to find out for himself what a typical day was like for them. He also used his time to ask the people he shadowed some probing questions about their areas of work. His blog , 60 Jobs in 60 Days features diverse roles including Travel Agent, Interior Designer, Dentist, Pharmacist, Film Editor, Nurse, Golf Pro, Pest Controller and even Career Counsellor!
You may not have the time to dedicate two months to carrying out this sort of research but you might want to think about how you could incorporate this strategy into your own career exploration. What are the questions you would like to ask – what are the roles you would like to know more about? The blog makes for interesting reading and highlights something I’m always trying to convince you of – experienced people are often willing to help you out!
I’d be interested to know what you think and whether you have your own experiences of shadowing to share……..