There was a program on TV some time back called “dating in the dark”. In a nutshell, people were introduced to one another in a dark room so the contestants had no idea of the looks of the person they ultimately would be going on a date with. Now, I know that job shadowing is a completely different topic but, the principle is pretty much the same. Would you take the risk of studying for years to enter into a career which in essence, you had NO experience of? The job description may look fantastic on paper BUT the reality of the situation may be very different indeed. Job shadowing allows you to get a hands-on view of what the job environment is all about.
For example a travel agent does not generally do a lot of travelling! It involves one sitting in front of a computer monitor, interacting with clients and booking their holiday accommodation and flights.
Likewise with any job, questions you should be asking are:
• What are the chances of promotion within this field
• Would I need to re-study to enter this same profession should I choose to emigrate
• Will this job still be around in years to come
• What is the best qualification to enter this field
• What type of salary could I expect to earn
• What are the chances of finding employment in this profession
Before even considering job shadowing though, first be sure the job you have chosen to shadow is one you are suitably matched to. I for one, endorse psychometric assessments given the accuracy of the results. Why take a risk in choosing a career that in time, you will despise, only resulting in you having to start from scratch again! Be clever – get it done the first time round!