You’ve simply got to love the creativity of some people. Next week is National Job Shadow Week and National Job Shadow day on February 2 and North Dakota is participating. Yes, indeed, Job Shadow Day is celebrated the same day as Ground Hogs Day. While the rest of the world centers their focus on whether or not a slightly chubby rodent has seen his shadow in Punxsutawney, some North Dakota students will be looking for the shadow of their future careers.

Job shadowing is a unique experience in which a student “shadows” a professional at their place of work. I personally like to think of it as job shopping. It allows individuals to “try on” a job for a day, much like a new pair of jeans, and decide if it’s truly “a fit.” Choosing a career path while you’re in high school or college is a big decision and one we want our young people to succeed at.

Businesses and schools participating in Job Shadow Week are providing students the opportunity to not only try out a career, but exposing them to the opportunities available to them right here in North Dakota.┬áStudents have been encouraged to job shadow in any business in North Dakota including any of North Dakota’s targeted industries: energy, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, tourism, or technology-based businesses.

“Businesses can learn about the benefits of opening their doors to our youth – their future employees and customers,” said Commissioner Al Anderson, North Dakota Department of Commerce. “This helps build career connections between young educated North Dakotans who are looking for good careers and businesses looking for future workforce solutions. It’s a win-win situation.”

All in all, we think it is a great way to help youth better understand and make smart choices about their career path and a future in North Dakota. If you want to virtually participate in Job Shadow Week, check out our online job shadows at Career Conversations on

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