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WBL: Job Shadowing

WBL = Work-Based Learning

Job shadowing embeds students and gives them an up-close look at a particular occupation, company, industry, and career path. The designed activities:

  • Promote exploration of a field of interest;
  • Help students make the connection between school and the workplace; and
  • Inform their career planning.


Through shadowing, students can practice and demonstrate key work-readiness skills such as communication and appropriate workplace behavior. The activities:

  • Allow students to listen, receive information, and ask questions.
  • Enable students to begin identifying areas of career interest;
  • Build knowledge about the education and training needed for a particular job, career path, and entry into the industry.


Business: Interest form 

Teacher/Student: Approval to miss class

Work-Based Learning Plan and Agreement

Format & Outcomes

Three formats deliver unique experiences as activities are organized through:

  • Classroom preparation, including research on the occupation, its industry and the participating company;
  • Employer orientation and support; and
  • Reflection on the experience orally and in writing.

Tools and Materials

Job shadowing organizers and participants can use the following resources to plan, implement, and review.


Coordinator Job Shadowing Checklist

Student Job Shadowing Checklist

Tip and Fact Sheets

Teacher Job Shadowing Tip Sheet

Employer Job Shadowing Tip Sheet

Employer Job Shadowing Fact Sheet

Implementation Tools

Job Shadowing Research Activity

Job Shadowing Student Reflection

Work-Based Learning Activity Evaluation (for teacher, coordinator, or host)

Work-Based Learning Activity Evaluation (for student)