Medical student, thinking or writing books in research education, wellness studying or hospital learning. Laptop, nurse or healthcare woman and notebook, technology or scholarship medicine internshipJob shadowing can be a great way to expand your network and get a real-world glimpse of a specific role, work environment or field. This can help you make decisions regarding your coursework and career path.

What is job shadowing?

Job shadowing is following— or “shadowing”—a practicing professional as they go through their workday to help get a sense of that professional’s role or field. It’s typically short in duration, ranging from a day to a week, and can be set up as part of a formal program or arranged independently.

How do I get started?

After picking a career or industry that interests you, utilize your network to find someone who works in the field. Ask friends, relatives, professional contacts, Manor alumni if you can spend some time shadowing them.

Sample Introduction/Request Email

Dear [First Name],

My name is __________ and I am a student at Manor College. I am in the process of exploring career paths and feel you would be an excellent resource to help me gain firsthand knowledge about ______________. I am looking for opportunities to shadow professionals and have informational interviews to better understand what it’s like to be a ______________. Would you be willing to let me shadow you or someone at your organization during a typical workday?

I understand you are busy and your time is valuable. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me by email or phone at _____________ or (XXX) XXX-XXXX.

Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]

Sample Thank You Email

[First Name],

Thank you for taking the time to serve as a job shadow mentor for me. It was a pleasure to learn more about _______ and the work you do. I particularly enjoyed _________________. This experience reaffirmed my interest in __________ and I am excited to continue to learn more. Thank you, again, for your generosity in helping me explore my career path.

[Your Name]