Work shadow or work experience, what's the difference?
An observational placement only. You literally 'shadow' a person in the area/business you are interested in. This can be useful in all sectors but can be especially relevant for learners who need to build up self-confidence first.
You will be able to do some of the work in your chosen area. Although there may be some tasks you won’t be able to do, you will get hands-on experience of a variety of tasks.
Both types of placements can be combined. You may like to start a placement with some work shadowing, but then begin to gain hands-on experience as you build in confidence.
You will understand more about the skills needed for
- different jobs in order to make a more informed choice about your career options.
- You will gain a greater understanding of how businesses operate.
- You will develop self-confidence.
- Doing work experience looks great on your CV.
- You may decide that a specific employment sector is not for you, meaning you can focus on other areas and possibly do another placement.
Employability skills you will learn
- How to communicate and interact with various groups of people.
- How to work as part of a team.
- Problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
- Literacy and numeracy skills.
- Time-management and organisational skills.
- Business and customer awareness.
- Confidence and independence.