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What are some tips for finding shadowing opportunities?

I'm interested in shadowing. Wondering how to find shadowing opportunities and would love to hear personal stories and how it helped you. #work-shadowing #job-shadowing #employment-opportunities #career #career-counseling #teach -mentoring #career-development #career-plan #plan #career-choice #nurse #nursing #nurses #registered-nurses #medicine #teacher #teachers #education #educator #educating #teaching #primary/secondary #higher-education


Thank you for your advice! Mireia R.

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Jeff’s Answer

Great question! I STRONGLY encourage you to make a LinkedIn profile. The LinkedIn website (and plenty of Google search results) offer advice on how to structure a professional profile. LinkedIn is helpful in finding shadowing opportunities because you can easily search professionals by name, career industry, skill set, location, and more. I created a LinkedIn profile as a junior in high school and have used it to reach out to several professionals. As a result, I have built a strong, lasting network and have had multiple shadowing and internship opportunities. Additionally, as your network grows, you will be recognized by recruiters and other professionals on LinkedIn, so they may even reach out to you with opportunities they have. Good luck searching!

Thank you so much for your advice! Mireia R.

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Aimee’s Answer

In high school I had available to me a counselor who helped students look for opportunities in the community for students to shadow. You can also ask a teacher who you have a good relationship with to see if they have any contacts who may be able to help find you an opportunity. In college they have career fairs that will have representatives from different employers that would be able to talk to you about different opportunities.

Thank you so much for your advice! Mireia R.

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Karen’s Answer

Sometimes you can create a shadowing opportunity by simply asking someone who is working in the field you are interested in if you could observe them for a day.  Whenever you hear someone talking about a job that really sounds interesting to you, don't hesitate to ask if that's possible.  It doesn't have to be a formal position to get a feel for what they are doing.  All the best to you!


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YU’s Answer

Being working the hospitals in the past 20 years, I have not seen anyone who could not find a shadowing position. Why do not you start from hospital website? You can find the doctors' contact and shoot an email. What could you lose? Most of my colleagues in clinic have open mind for showing if they are available

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Kimberly’s Answer

As stated above, sign up for a LinkedIn account! From here, you will be able to interact with those in the field of interest to you and have the ability to reach out with questions. Depending on the position, you can ask your friends or family if they know of anyone in that field. When I was a sophomore in college, I remember shadowing my sixth grade teacher's son. He gave me a lot of insight into the field and from there, I was able to recognize the direction of my career. Best of luck in your journey and remember to believe in yourself.

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Richard’s Answer

Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.


Also ask your friends (or friends of your parents) if they have any connections in the medical field.

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Shelby’s Answer

My shadowing opportunities were required by my university, but I know a lot of classmates who talked to the office in charge of clinical experiences. There is usually an office like this offered at colleges and university to help students find interning and shadowing experiences. If you are not attending school, then definitely follow the advice above and creating a LinkedIn will give you a start! From my experiences, I learned a lot about students, techniques for classroom management, and definitely developed my own teaching philosophy. Hope this helps, and good luck!!

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