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UM Alum Rick De la Guardia from DLG Engineering, Inc., speaks about the benefits of job shadowing.

Wondering if you’re on the right career path? Learn more about a career or work environment through job shadowing.

Informational Interviews

When you are job shadowing, it is important to utilize your time to gain further information about a career you might be interested in or a company you might want to work for. Informational interviews are a way to gather this information from the professionals you are meeting.

Check out this guide that our Toppel staff has put together to conduct an informational interview! 

Learn how to get the most out of an informational interview.  


Finding a Professional to Shadow

You can ask any professional that you meet for the opportunity to shadow them in their workplace. Think about your own network and who you or your other contacts might know. Also, utilize resources such as LinkedIn or Cane2Cane to find professionals who might be open to having you shadow them for a day. On Cane2Cane, you can search through mentors who have selected "Job Shadowing" as one of their help topics.