Download a Professional School DirectoryJob shadowing and professional shadowing is another means of career exploration in which you observe a professional at work. A job shadow can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. During this time, you will be able to see firsthand what professionals actually do, what their working environments are like, and what kinds of people they interact with.

Benefits of Shadowing

A job shadow allows you to learn more about a career before you invest too much time preparing for a job that may not be right for you. You should also use the opportunity to make connections that will help your future job search.

For anyone who is pre-med or pre-professional, it is very important for you to gain some firsthand exposure to health care to help you make an informed decision about whether you want to pursue it as a career.  

Use your job shadow as an opportunity for an informational interview with the professional that you are shadowing. The informational interview will allow you to learn much more about your career interests, and it may also give you a sense of the specific kinds of work available in the field or industry.

For pre-professionals, discussion of your health care experience will be important in your personal statement, application, and interview. Shadowing is also a great way to develop some of the professional qualities you will need in your career.