How do you shadow a career?
I've been looking on how to shadow a business career. I want to go in either marketing or communications for a major and want to shadow someone to see if I would like the job. I live in Los Angeles so I feel like there'd be a lot of business workers near me but I don't know how to contact them. Does anyone know of any resources? #business #marketing #communications #highschool
If you haven't yet, you should also speak w/ your guidance counselor -- they are a good resources and may know of internships or shadow opportunities. Many companies have internship programs for students, you might also try sending an email to their "contact us" address stating your interest. Along w/ the very good advice re using LinkedIn, also consider some of the non-profit organizations in your community, such as the Y, the Public Library, the Parks Dept, the local Community Theater company, the Hospital, the local newspaper, the local college radio station, the Red Cross, the American Heart Association -- these organizations typically have people with Marketing or Communication responsibilities -- and might be very open and flexible to letting you shadow them for a day or so, or perhaps becoming an intern. Kimberly, Good Luck!
Hi Kimberly. I have a degree in Communications from UCSB. While there, the school offered some resources for internships based on your major. Since you're still in high school, I suggest that you check with your school library, local library, or chamber of commerce in LA to locate a suitable marketing or communications firm that you might want to intern/work at for the summer. You should be able to get a contact number to inquire about their summer opportunities with the operator/receptionist. Good luck!
Great question Kimberly! There are a few different ways you can find a person and a business to shadow. First, you may want to look at connections in your personal network. Are there people you personally know or are maybe a friend of a friend that work in a field you're interested in? If you don't know anyone personally, LinkedIn is the best resource to make new connections and network. If you don't already have a LinkedIn account definitely make one. Then look up companies you are interested in/like what they are doing and look for people who do marketing, communications, PR for the company etc. Send that person a message on LinkedIn letting them know a little about yourself, what you're studying, why you're interested in their company and what they do. Ask them if they would ever be willing to let you shadow them for a few days. If they aren't sure about you being able to shadow them, then you can at least ask them if they could grab a coffee and chat with you and share a little more about their career.
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I believe all of the answers above provide great information. I would also like to add something from my experience. In high school, part of my senior year exit project was to job shadow someone and I was really interested in broadcast news at the time. I ended up reaching out to a local news reporter and sent her something like an agenda. I made a point to share what my objective was, why I was reaching out to her personally, and what I hope to gain from it. I even posed the option that if she did not have for me to shadow her for a day, I would even be interested in having a phone call with her so I could still ask her some thoughtful questions. I honestly wasn't expecting much, but she responded right away and agreed to allow me to shadow her for a day! It was such an amazing experience and I'm so glad I put the effort to craft a thoughtful message before reaching out to her. I think that made a difference. I was descriptive in my objective and the what I could gain from the experience. If you do reach out to anyone, I would highly encourage you to have a key objective (or a few) and share them!
I hope this also helps! Good luck!