Job shadowing is an experience where you spend a day or a few days observing a professional on the job. While job shadowing, you can easily learn about different jobs and help decide which careers you would enjoy the most. You can follow a doctor making her rounds in the hospital, observe a teacher conducting class, look over building plans with an architect, or something completely different, depending on who you shadow.
SES offers many job shadowing opportunities built into their curriculum, but sometimes students are interested in a specific job and it is best to take some time investigating the ins and outs. Although it is best to schedule a job shadow during a scheduled day off of school, it is possible to make arrangements during the school day. This needs to be coordinated and pre-approved through the Counseling Center in order for it to be excused.
Job shadowing is popular with students because it introduces them to different careers and helps them decide which jobs would be the best fit for them. Job shadowing for high school students is especially helpful because knowing which jobs you enjoy can help you decide on a major when you begin applying to colleges.