Upon initial contact with the job shadowing host, you should clearly show your interest and inform yourself about the company beforehand. Formulate your expectations and wishes.
Prepare as much as possible beforehand. Use the company's website to learn more about it and read press releases and other materials about the company. Get information about the function of the host.
Formulate your questions beforehand. This is your opportunity to learn a gread deal about the work world. Be curious! Ask alumni about their career path and seek advising.
Dress code: If you are uncertain, ask about suitable clothing. You certainly do not want to wear jeans in a meeting where everyone is dressed in suit and tie or the opposite.
Be on time and inform your contact person in a timely manner if something comes up.
Observe the work place of your job shadowing host and get a picture of the collaboration within the department. It is possible that your host will be answering emails for a while or has to take care of tasks that are not as exciting for you. That is part of the job. In the end, you should get a realistic picture.
At the end of the day, feel free to ask how typical of day that was.Try to get to know the work world as it actually is.
If you are interested in this company at the end of the day, ask for tips about a possible interview or recommendations for internships. You can aks RWTH Aachen alumni directly for recommendations to help further plan yours studies.
Think about whether you would like to stay in contact with the host and mention this to them.
After the job shadowing, please send an email thanking the host. He or she was very committed for you.
Keep in mind: A normal work day is not exciting every minute. It is very important that you get a realistic look into the work world aside from the glossy company brochures.
Be open to new, unexpected experiences. Even if you did not like it, you at least know what you do not want for your professional future. This also saves you a lot of time.