At CAA we are focused on your career options and your career goals. In our philosophy, this is the first step for knowing your educational path and creating a plan for college. The CAA coaches provide career counseling for our clients and we usually encourage each client to take time to make a career visit. However, you may have several questions about career visits. In this blog we want to answer some of the frequently asked questions about this topic.
What is a career visit and where does it take place?
A career visit is the same idea of taking a day to visit a college. During a career visit you shadow someone for a day or for part of a day. This is different from an internship that would last for weeks, months, or even longer. It usually happens at the place of employment of the person leading the career visit.
Why would you do a career visit?
A career visit is a great way to find out more about a particular career from an individual or group. It is a chance to begin networking with those within the field that you plan to pursue. It gives you the opportunity to hear a perspective from someone who is an insider in the area. Each person can have their own unique journey, so it is important to hear a variety of voices on the matter.
Who should do one?
A career visit is for anyone who is ready to research a career option. This is the next step once you have done initial research on your own. There are lots of resources out there that will share a written perspective on a career, but a career visit allows you to see it with your own eyes.
When should you do one?
There is not an age requirement for this step. The answer really is when you are ready. It is best to coordinate a time that works for your schedule and the schedule of the person you are shadowing.
How do you get started?
The best way to get started is to talk to your parents about their contacts. They may have friends or colleagues that they already know to get you started. Be sure to also talk to your school counselor and your teachers about their contacts. Then, contact the person by email or phone to start the conversation about setting up a career visit.
We also encourage you to talk to the coaches about your plan. We can discuss tips based on your goals and your situation. Coaches can also debrief with you after the experience. Be proactive and be brave as you embark on your career visit. The potential benefits and knowledge you gain can be well worth your time and energy.