Job shadowing is a great way for people with developmental disabilities to find their purpose in life. This special work experience opportunity allows people with disabilities to gain knowledge about a job they are interested in. But did you know there are a few different types of job shadowing that you loved one can try? Most people think of job shadowing as strictly an observational period. But this is not the only type of job shadowing there is. There are actually three different types of job shadowing, including observation, regular briefings, and hands on. Let’s take a look at the different types of job shadowing.
Observation shadowing is when a person visits the job site for an agreed period of time in order to observe the day to day operations of the job. This usually involves activities like attending meetings, watching interactions with clients or customers, and learning about the programs or machines used. This process works best when the guest is looking to gain an understanding of what the host does in their job role.
Regular Briefing Shadowing
During a regular briefing shadow, the guest will shadow the host for specific activities over a period of time that is preceded by a mini brief and followed by debriefing to find out their progress. This program works best for individuals who work near the host and can be available at certain dates and times for specific activities that are of value to the role. Rather than passive ongoing observation, this shadowing focuses on short periods of focused activities.
Hands-on job shadowing is an extension of the observation job shadowing mentioned earlier. During this type of job shadowing, the individual will not only learn about some of the tasks they observe, they will also get to do them. This shadowing experience allows people to have a hands-on experience with the role they could be taking over while having the safety net of someone who is experienced close by. This type of job shadowing should be discussed beforehand as it may be on a case-by-case basis between the host and guest. Job shadowing is a great opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to learn new skills and to make contacts with potential employers. For more information on experiencing a shadowing activity, call Family Service Foundation today!
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