Job Shadow Questions

job-shadowFrom an article by Jodi Walder-Biesanz, College Admission Coach

  • How long have you been working in this career?
  • Why did you choose it?
  • What kind of education did you need to get started?
  • What types of continuing education have you had as your career progressed?
  • What do you like best about your work?
  • What do you like least about your work?
  • What is a typical day like? Will I be experiencing a typical day with you, or is there something out-of-the-ordinary today?
  • What percentage of your work is done alone and what percentage of your work is done in collaboration with others?
  • With which other types of professionals are you in daily contact?
  • Are there any trends that are strongly affecting your work? If so, what are they?
  • What are the most critical skills to have in order to be successful in your work?
  • If your job has a normal career path, please describe how most people start, the various jobs along the way as they advance, and the usual amount of time in each position.
  • What would a starting salary be like for someone straight out of college, and what would be a usual salary range for someone competent with ten years of experience?
  • What advice would you give me if I am interested in pursuing this career?