Once utilized by middle schools and high schools as a means to introduce students to numerous career choices, job shadowing is increasingly becoming popular with adults and professionals looking to make a change in their careers. Job Shadowing is a form of career exploration where one party follows another party during work hours to become privy to their work environment, job duties and overall satisfaction working within a particular industry and/or for a particular company. It is touted as the “close cousin” to an informational interview.
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It has become increasingly clear that job satisfaction is not what it once was in the work place. Many professionals are opting to take leaps of faith by quitting their once secure jobs in order to pursue areas and industries that truly interest them, regardless of age. Here are a few tips if you are interested in job shadowing:
1) Determine What You Want Out of the Experience:
Do you have a deep passion for animal but completely clueless about what it entails to be a veterinarian? Have you always had your sights set on dancing professionally on Broadway, but aren’t familiar with the grueling time requirements and dedication? Have you always dreamt of being the next Johnnie Cochran, but have never set foot in a courtroom? If this is the case, clearly determine what you want from the experience. The likelihood that you are offered an internship on the spot my not be vast, however, the shadowing opportunity may open your eyes to issues you may not have factored into your decision about whether or not to pursue this particular goal.
2) Narrow Down WHO You Would Like to Shadow:
Sure you may want to get a behind the scenes look at a day in the life of a meteorologist, but have you pinpointed someone who is making great strides in this area of interest? Start from your immediate network of friends, family, colleagues and classmates (present and former) to specifically decide who you would like to shadow. It may be best to invite them out for coffee and/or lunch to get preliminary information about what they do and explain your interests to them. This gives them an opportunity to gauge whether or not they would like to expend their time and resources on your request.
3) Be Considerate:
People are busy. In your requests to shadow, make sure you are not a stalker and/or a nuisance in both procuring the opportunity and actually being in their presence.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"