The job shadowing project is inspired by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) alumni work and got started when NOKUT offered the Centers for Excellence in Higher Education NOK 50,000 as grants for student-run projects. The goal of the grants is to get the students invested in their own learning and education. The job shadowing project at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) is therefore student-run, and is funded by NOKUT and CEMPE.
– The call for proposals encouraged us to develop a project in cooperation with the Student Committee, says Jon Helge Sætre, Centre Director of CEMPE. He underlines that CEMPE adds extra money to the pot to give the students enough space.
Contact between the professional field and the education community
The white paper on quality in higher education (Quality Culture in Higher Education), emphasises the importance of students receiving an education that is relevant to working life and that trains them to be flexible, reflective, critical and socially aware professionals. Job shadowing can give students valuable experience of what is required in their field in today's society, but can also contribute to important experience from working life being brought back to NMH as an educational institution.
– The project is a good contribution to CEMPE’s work on giving the students an education that prepares them for a labour market that is continuously changing, precisely because it is about meeting the real world out there. Job shadowing complements our work on strengthening and expanding the students’ practical training opportunities, but will to a larger extend focus on the informal meeting with a professional, says Sætre.