Is it really worthwhile doing job shadowing?

Job shadowing fulfils a dual purpose. It gives you a more thorough insight into the average day of an incumbent of the job and it also enables you to discern more effectively whether you would fit into such a career. It is important that you plan a job shadow in good time so that you don’t just land somewhere by default. Those job shadows are often disappointing as the person tasked with showing you the ropes would have had no time to plan for your visit and might even feel resentful of having to readjust his schedule unexpectedly. Don’t be surprised if the time spent in job shadowing shows you quite clearly that you do not, in fact, find the job as appealing as you had anticipated you would. That realisation in itself is a valuable product of the experience.