Job shadowing and ride alongs are career exploration activities that offer an opportunity to spend time with a professional currently working in your field of interest. Job shadowing offers a chance to see what it's actually like working in a specific job. Not only does the person doing the job shadowing get to observe the day-to-day activities of someone in the current workforce, they also get a chance to have their questions answered. Large organizations and government agencies usually provide job shadowing through programs for students and people looking into returning to or entering the workforce who are not sure if they are fully interested in the job fields they are considering. Job shadowing and ride alongs can be anywhere from 1 day to a week or more, depending on the organization or business.