Job shadowing in diagnostic imaging is an educational experience that allows a prospective student the ability to observe health care professionals as they perform their regular job duties. It is a career exploration activity, which will benefit an applicant student by becoming more focused on the profession of radiography. Job shadowing provides an opportunity to experience “real life” work in a career field and observe the relationship between an educational experience and the career choice.
Job shadowing is scheduled for a three-hour block (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Monday through Friday. Please refer to the Program Biography – Clinical Sites for a list of healthcare institutions available for job shadowing.
Scheduling is completed by telephoning the radiography program office at 906-227-2868 or 906-227-2845. A job shadow student must arrive at the coordinated healthcare institution diagnostic imaging department main office.
As a part of the job shadowing experience, a student will:
- Print a copy of job shadow form from web site to complete during shadow experience.
- Print, review and complete the One-Day Student Module prior to the shadow experience.
- Dress according to standards.
- No T-shirts, blue jeans, shorts, flip-flops, sandals, perfume/cologne
- Casual dress
- Remember patients can see you
- Arrive on time.
- Follow all guidelines and policies of institution.
- Complete all paperwork required (patient confidentiality, liability, etc.)
- Return program job shadow form with application to program.
- Call radiography program faculty office before scheduled time if unable to attend on the appointed day.
Questions to ask during a job shadow
- What is your occupation and job title?
- How did you become interested in this type of work?
- Why did you choose this career?
- How did you get your job with this institution?
- What type of education and/or training was required?
- What classes did you take in high school that prepared you for your job?
- What personality traits are important for this job?
- What kind of technical knowledge is required for this job?
- How are technical demands increasing or changing?
- What job duties are you required to perform?
- Do you work a shift?
- How many hours a week do you typically work?
- What choices do you have in making your work schedule?
- Are certain times busier than others?
Salary and Benefits:
- What are the salary ranges for different levels in this field?
- What is the opportunity for advancement?
- How are raises earned?
- What do you like best about your job?
- What do you like least about your job?
- What kinds of job opportunities are there?
- What kind of personal satisfaction do you receive from your job?
- What advice would you give a student interested in this field?
- What changes do you see in this field within the next 5-10 years?