JOB SHADOWING

JOB SHADOWING IS A UNIQUE TECHNIQUE/IDEA/TOOL GIVEN TO YOU TO OBSERVE SOMEONE IN THEIR WORKPLACE.

AS THE NAME SUGGESTS, YOU GET TO SHADOW SOMEONE IN A PARTICULAR CAREER THAT YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN. THIS COULD LAST FOR A DAY, WEEK OR EVEN LONGER. THE PURPOSE IS TO EXPOSE YOU TO THE ACTUAL NITTY GRITTY, BEHIND THE SCENES, TRUE FACE OF WHAT YOU THINK YOUR CAREER MAY LOOK LIKE.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES  ARE SOMETIMES INSPIRED BY WHAT THEY SEE ON TV, AND DEVELOP A MIND SET ABOUT A CERTAIN CAREER THAT THEY THINK WOULD BE PERFECT, BUT IN ACTUAL FACT TURNS OUT TO BE THE OPPOSITE, AND THEY SPEND YEARS STUDYING AND THEN FIND THEMSELVES IN A CAREER THAT THEY HATE.

TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT AND MORE IMPORTANTLY A HUGE CAREER SHOCK WHEN YOU ACTUALLY ENTER INTO YOUR CHOSEN FIELD, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JOB SHADOWING.

WHILE THIS IS NOT A NEW CONCEPT, IT IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED OR IGNORED. I FEEL THAT MORE FOCUS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THIS, AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOULD BE MORE EXPOSED TO THE VAST AMOUNT OF CAREERS OUT THERE.

IN SOME SOCIETIES BEING A DOCTOR OR A LAWYER ARE THE ONLY TWO ‘GOOD’ CAREERS, WHICH WILL ‘EARN YOU RESPECT AND SUCCESS’…THIS IS NOT TRUE AND MOST STUDENTS FEEL LIKE THEY WILL LET THEIR PARENTS DOWN IF THEY ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS.

A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IS ONE WHERE YOU ARE HAPPY TO GO TO WORK AND DO WHAT YOU LOVE.

AS THE 2017 MATRICULANTS PREPARE FOR THEIR FINAL EXAMINATION, MANY ARE STILL DOUBTFUL ABOUT THEIR FIELD OF STUDY NEXT YEAR. I WISH THEM LUCK AND STRENGTH DURING THIS STRESSFUL TIME AND I WOULD ADVISE CAREFUL PLANNING AND CONSIDERATION REGARDING CAREER CHOICES WHEN APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY.