MY EXPERIENCE JOB SHADOWING + TIPS

Sunday, June 10, 2018

if you aren't sure what you'd like to do as a career, or even do know, job shadowing might be something that would really help you either way. its an experience I totally recommend! (jsyk I can't say every experience will be wonderful and amazing. but i'm super grateful mine has been <3)

(and if you are curious, I've been shadowing at my local Opthalmology. so, this is based on my experience there. if you do or have shadowed, I hope it is/was as great of an experience as mine!)
WHAT IS JOB SHADOWING?
job shadowing is when you go to somewhere and hang around and observe someone doing the job that you might like to do someday

WHY SHOULD YOU DO IT?
bc its a great way to learn if you'd even like that sort of job without spending or investing loads of time into something!

HOW DO I FIND SOMEWHERE TO SHADOW?
first, figure out what you are interested in - whatever it may be. Then find a local business. Go there in person if you can and ask someone there if they'd be willing to let you shadow for a couple days. asking doesn't hurt one bit, the least they can say is no. that's all I did - there was nothing online or anywhere about any shadowing but I just went there and asked and they said yes!

DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD SHADOW?
if you weren't quite sure what you'd like to do, like me, there are websites online with loads of jobs and job descriptions. write down anything that remotely interests you, and see if there is anywhere that you can locally shadow. who knows, you may end up liking something!
TIPS FOR JOB SHADOWING

  • be confident in your hand-shaking. Be the first to offer, if you can. Show confidence. and when meeting people, introduce yourself with your full name. Sometimes I would explain I was shadowing and why I was interested if my mentor hadn't already
  • make and keep eye contact
  • listen well and take mental notes
  • do NOT be afraid to ask questions. Ask loads of them! And, pre-think questions you want to ask
  • tell them about yourself and what you do, but don’t go super personal. Be real to them and memorable.
  • ask serious questions for things you actually want to know
  • thank the people you are shadowing for letting you do it! Show appreciation for the time they are taking on you
  • ask yourself why you are here and why you want to do this. Cuz they’ll ask it too, and it’s a good thing to know!
  • blend in and don’t be obnoxious (after all, they do have work to do), but show you are interested and ask questions for things you legit want to know. show them your interest!
  • Learn and remember peoples names that work there. This is a tough one to do if there are a lot of people, but try. Sometimes I’d reintroduce myself to people knowing they likely don’t remember my name and probably feel it awkward to ask. One doctor calls me the “Sarah with the H” lolol
  • Be real. Be professional, but yourself.
  • Ask them what they did to get in this position, what they did for college, and what they would recommend you do. They’ve done this. They have wisdom to share, so ask! And ask everyone you can
QUESTIONS TO ASK
  • why and how did you get into this field?
  • would you recommend it?
  • what do you love/dislike about it?
  • how would you recommend i go about getting into this sort of position?
  • what qualities and skills do you think i should have to work in this sort of job?
  • what kind of college/classes did you do?
  • what would you say your "job duties" are?
  • and then normal questions that stem off from whatever you are talking about. such as, "would you say this is the normal busyness?, was this hard for you to learn?' etc,. these question will obv depend on what you are shadowing

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And as a note, even if you aren’t sure if you’d want to work in a certain field it’s ok to try it. You aren’t committed. It’s just trying something out. You may go into something thinking it’s your dream job, and maybe you find out it isn’t. Or the opposite. You never know. Just ask, and try. I REALLY recommend this - especially before you spend loads on college. 


(i'm really grateful to my parents for helping me figuring all this stuff out and taking the time to care about me and my future. love you both so much! <3) so far I've really been enjoying my time job shadowing. I haven't decided completely yet, but this time has really been helpful. even if I decide in the end that it isn't for me, the experience alone has been so worthwhile and amazing!


HAVE YOU OR WOULD YOU JOB SHADOW?
WHAT FIELD/CAREER ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?

EXTREME SUMMER PHOTO DUMP (+ roadtrip pics)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

 my six yr old sis was showing me her pressed flowers <33
summer lately
freshly cut lawn - chocolate cake - sleeping babies - sunsets and green trees - driving in the rain - traveling - jamming in the parking lot with the siblings - seeing the ark encounter - meeting new people - flowers - work days at the farm - working with my bro's "thank you for helping. you made it fun!" <33 - fluffy clouds - iced cocoa carmella from biggby - a new journal - a flower from my little sis "this is for you. to remind you that i'll always be here" - sitting on the mower with my younger siblings on my lap letting them "drive" - homework on the porch as the sun sets - evening walks - being outside almost all day every day - 50 cents wendys frosty's with my mom - sleeping in the car while roadtripping - devotions and bible doodling. lots of pics lol. waking up in the hotel to silence and light streaming through the shades - lemonade and hot dogs and potato salad  - to do list not getting done aka why this post is late but its all ok - movie nights - sitting on the porch steps braiding julia's hair - homemade donuts for national donut day - souvenir bracelets - car windows open hair flying music going - somehow its june

make the most of every moment you are given :)  -  hope you are having a lovely weekend, everyone <33


WHAT SUMMER-NESS ARE YOU UP TO?
SOMETHING NEW YOU'D LIKE TO TRY/DO?
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