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One relatively easy way to enhance your skills and experience at work is to job shadow one of your colleagues while they are carrying out some of their duties.
You could choose a colleague with whom you have a lot of contact in your job so that you can see things from their perspective or a more experienced colleague who can help you to develop your expertise in a specific area. The intention is that your job shadowing will help improve your job satisfaction, help you to gain insights about other roles and departments, enable you to reflect and learn from your colleague or provide an opportunity for ‘test-driving’ an alternative career/job.
There are also benefits for the person being job shadowed. They will share their work experiences and expertise with a colleague and can ask for feedback on how their role is seen with the job shadower’s ‘fresh eyes.’
There are different types of job shadowing:
Before your start your job shadowing, it is a good idea to identify some clear objectives about what you hope to gain from the experience. You can share these objectives with the person being shadowed so that they can help you to achieve them. Your line manager can help you to identify a suitable colleague to job shadow, to establish your objectives and to make the arrangements.