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4 Benefits of Job Shadowing as You Explore Careers in Policy & Advocacy

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You’ve got many exciting possibilities ahead! We get it – cracking into a policy & advocacy career can be overwhelming. However, your leadership matters right now, so we’ve made it easy for you to take immediate action.

LEE’s Policy & Advocacy (P&A) team can guide your career steps in many ways. We want to highlight a tried-and-true first step: job shadowing. It's a perfect way to explore career options and grow your policy & advocacy career.

Here are 4 benefits of job shadowing when growing your P&A career:

1. Experience the work without a big commitment.

If you’re not 100% sure about where you want to work, you might not want to commit to a fellowship, internship, or full-time role. Job shadowing offers some of the same benefits of those opportunities without any long-term obligations. Plus, you can easily do it virtually!

2. Clarify your career interests.

While job shadowing, you’ll get to experience the full spectrum of a typical work day. In doing so, you’ll be able to reflect on your own preferences and make more informed decisions about where you’d like to work.

3. Get advice from experts.

Watching and listening is a huge part of job shadowing, but you’ll also get the chance to talk to your host and their colleagues. If you’ve had questions about a certain career path, hearing from people who are in the know will provide clarity.

4. Grow your network.

Networking is an essential part of any job search, and you’ll be able to make new contacts through job shadowing. After your experience is over, you can keep the connections you’ve built for years to come.

As you strengthen your equity mindset and gain roles of influence in education policy, advocacy, and organizing, LEE is here to help!


If you’re interested in job shadowing or want to know more about the career side, LEE has helpful resources in our NEW virtual course, Introduction to Policy and Advocacy Careers.