Job shadowing, according to Live Career, is most often a career-exploration activity for middle- and high-school students, but there is no reason why college students and older job-seekers cannot also participate in this valuable practice.

Job shadowing provides individuals an opportunity to experience a professional’s position through observation during a typical workday.

Health care providers need to keep in mind that those who shadow professionals are also required by law to keep patients’ information confidential. HIPAA laws apply even to someone who’s shadowing at the facility for just a day.

Virtual Job Shadowing – A number of online resources are available that provide virtual job shadow information for students:

Job Shadow.com – This website provides interviews with health care professionals in various positions.

Dr.Kit.com – This website provides over 300 career videos.

Virtual Job Shadow.com – This website assists individuals in learning more information about careers  using a video-based career planning platform.

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