A job shadow is a career-based learning experience (CBLE) where a student observes and learns about a job, activity, or activities by walking through the work day as a shadow to a skilled and competent employee(s). The experience is planned and structured with the goal of observing behavior and situations, engaging in interactive questions and answers, and experiencing the link between classroom learning and practice. The job shadow lasts from a few hours to a few days. Students do not perform productive work and are not paid for the experience.
The virtual option allows students to be connected by video-conferencing. It may be prefaced with basic career information and allows questions via the chat feature. For a thorough description on how to plan and implement virtual job shadows, see the Virtual Job Spotlight Guide.