Job sampling is similar to job shadowing but varies (1) in the amount of hands-on experiences that an individual performs, and (2) the length of time that an individual spends on the job. The purpose of job sampling is to provide individuals with practical work experiences in various occupations as part of their career exploration. Through detailed observations during the job sampling period, the individuals’ should learn to clearly identify and define skills, capabilities, and interests. Job Sampling has proven successful in matching individuals with jobs because they often spend more time (for example, three days to three months) at the jobs.
As individuals will most likely spend more time in a job sampling experience, it is critical that the coordinator spend time cultivating relationships with employers. Often times employers are more than willing to accommodate a short-term job sampling experience (one month, for example) for an individual, but might require more training for their own employees in assisting job sampling individuals or more paperwork requirements for the individual to complete. Every employer is different so the coordinator should be prepared to ask the employer the types of requirements the individual needs to meet before she/he is placed.
The Job Sampling steps are similar to those of job shadowing but differ in the
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