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December 20, 2022

Living and working in Canada: The benefits of shadowing a professional at work

Knowing what to expect from your future career can be challenging. That's why many people choose to shadow a professional at work. This can give you insight into the daily life of someone in your chosen field and provide invaluable insight into the industry and role that interests you. Here are some tips for shadowing a professional and what you can expect.

Shadowing people: How to find them

The best way to find someone willing to let you shadow them is through networking. First, ask around in your current circles, whether they are family members, friends, or other professionals, to see if anyone knows someone who is working in the profession that interests you. You could also reach out on social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter. Finally, if all else fails, try calling companies and asking if they have any employees willing to let you shadow them for a day.

What to expect 

Shadowing a professional at work involves observing their day-to-day activities and tasks. This can give you an idea of what it takes to succeed in this profession and what skills are needed. It's also an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions about the role and company culture and get advice about how best to pursue this career path. But remember—you're there as an observer, so be sure not to interrupt or distract from the workflow of your host!

Making the most of the experience 

To make the most out of your experience, come prepared with questions that will help you gain more knowledge about the job position or industry in which your host works. Be polite when asking these questions; consider sending over an email introducing yourself and expressing interest in learning more about their position or industry before showing up for shadowing day. Additionally, dress professionally (if the setting requires it) and show up on time so that your host knows you are serious about learning from them!      Conclusion:  Shadowing a professional at work can be a precious experience. It will give you insight into what life looks like as a professional in your chosen field and provide priceless advice on how best to pursue this career path. If done right, shadowing a professional can open doors for future opportunities—be sure to come prepared with questions, arrive dressed professionally (if necessary), and be respectful throughout the process! With some research and effort, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about a potential career choice!

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