When you buy a car, you get to test drive it.
When you buy a house, you get to tour the house and have an inspection.
When you buy a song on iTunes, the system gives you the opportunity to listen to a preview.
Why not allow someone to try out a new job? Introducing Vocation Vacations. This service allows users to spend 2-3 days with a mentor who will show you various aspects of the career field. Currently, Vocation Vacations has 125 unique vocation vacation experiences. While the price tag may make it prohibitive for some, for others who are serious about quitting their jobs and trying something new, it may be a productive way to spend a 2-3 day vacation!
Another good example of the adage, See a Need – Fill a Need. Creative entrepreneurs addressing the needs of a frustrated workforce.
Don’t have the funds to spend on a Vocation Vacation or their offerings do not fit your interests? Create your own “Vocation Vacation” through a job shadow day. Reach out to professionals in the field for networking meetings and as you build the relationship, ask if it would be possible to spend part of a day in their firm meeting with various members of their team (1/2 hour meetings). Not everyone will agree to this, thus I recommend only asking after you develop the relationship and understand what kind of position the contact holds and if s/he would be able to make a shadow day possible.
I have known young alums who have shadowed and they all mention how powerful the experience is to help them understand the new industry. In addition, if the day works out well and the company is looking to hire in the near future, several alums have been contacted about positions because the employer has already had a positive experience with the individual.
Before you scoff at the idea and say it won’t work, know there are benefits to the employer as well. Besides having a day to screen a potential applicant, employers have used shadow participants in an informal focus group setting. A young alum was meeting at a beer manufacturing that was bought by a Colorado beer maker, and at her day a marketing team asked her about her impressions of their pitch from a young grad/female perspective.
This type of day can benefit all participants…maybe we can start “Take your fellow alumnus to work” program!