What Is Work-Based Learning?
Work-based learning includes internships, mentoring and apprenticeship. It's a way to test-drive a career.
Work-based learning is your chance to discover things you can't learn in a classroom.
Get inside information about the career you are interested in, or simply get a taste of what it is really like on the job.
Why Choose Work-Based Learning?
- Benefits to students: Work-based learning can help students improve academically. It help them to learn how the things they learn in the classroom are connected to the real world. It is also a great way to explore career options.
- Benefits to Schools: Work-based learning can improve student motivation, attendance and graduation rates. It can also improve the school's relationship with the community.
- Benefits Employers: Work-based learning helps employers reduce their recruitment and training cost. It also help them hire better-employees who understand workplace expectations.
What's Stopping You?
Don't let any of these common myths about work-based learning keep you from trying it out:
- I'm too old (or too young): There are at least a dozen types of work-based learning, with choices for adults as well as youth (generally 16 and older).
- I want get paid: Some opportunities or unpaid or volunteer, but all apprenticeships and certain internships come with a salary.
- I'm a student and I'm already too busy: Students can often earn course credit for work-based learning, so you may be able to do two things at once.
- I'd have to commit to something long-term: Some work-based learning are formal and last for years, but just as many or informal and last only a few hours.
- I'm already working so what's the point?: Think outside the box about work-based learning, even if you're already working in your dream job, you may still benefit from experiences like a mentorship or a practicum.
What are the Benefits of Job Shadowing?
According to Writer, B. Miller and Editor Andrew Jones of Wise Geek Education, there are numerous benefits to Job Shadowing, whether an individual is simply shadowing someone for a few hours to learn what the job entails, or as part of a lengthier training process. Students will often be given the opportunity to shadow someone for a day who is already working in their chosen career path; this allows the student to see if he or she has made a good choice, to ask any question about the work, and to make valuable contact for future employment prospects.
When an individual is doing job shadowing as part of the training process, this allows him or her to immediately learn from real-life situations rather than simulated ones in a classroom, which generally is faster and more effective.
The most common type of job shadowing is when students will be given the opportunity to follow a professional in their chosen field for the day. Students in health care, for example, or in legal fields, are often given this type of job shadowing opportunity to allow them to learn a bit more about the day to day work in their chosen field, and to ask any question they have. For many students, it can be a valuable way to affirm that they do, or in some cases, do-not want to pursue a certain career path.
Perhaps the greatest benefit to people who shadow someone for the day, whether an individual is a student or not, is the amount of contact he or she makes. Even if the individual does not get a great deal of work experience, he or she will generally at least have a few names and numbers for future career opportunities and job applications.