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Personal and Professional Development


The line manager

  • As part of the SRD process individuals may discuss job shadowing as either a way of developing their current role or as part of their career development into a different role
  • The line manager will agree with them what this will look like and how much time can be allowed for this activity
  • The line manager may have a view as to who would be the best host for this job shadowing experience or may be able to suggest suitable contacts

The shadowee

  • A shadowee needs to consider why they are doing the shadowing and what they hope to achieve
  • They will need to do some preparation which will involve working with their line manager or the host prior to the shadowing to set objectives for the sessions
  • Following the shadowing it’s important to review and discuss outcomes and what happens next

The host

  • A host is the person who agrees to be shadowed
  • The role does involve some preparation and thought
  • A host needs to consider if the time requested is the best time for shadowing to take place and how long each period of shadowing should be for
  • They will also need to take into consideration current work obligations

Visit Why Job Shadowing? to find about the benefits of job shadowing.


Some of the content on these Job Shadowing pages has been reproduced with kind permission from Manchester Metropolitan University.