The Career Services Job Shadow Program is a unique opportunity for career exploration and to learn about particular career fields of interest by visiting a professional (job shadow mentor) in their workplace environment. Job shadowing will help students to gain insight into a particular career, make a connection between classroom learning and work requirements and gain a better understanding of the knowledge, skills, and educational requirements they may need to follow their career interests.
Who can participate?
- Students in 3rd, or 4th year within Faculty of Public Affairs or Arts and Social Sciences
How does the program work?
- Apply to the Job Shadow Program through the application form by October 11, 2019
- Reflect on your career interests and career fields you would like to explore. If you would like to get a better sense of which career paths may be of interest to you, please drop in to the Career Centre in 401 Tory Building to meet with a Career Consultant or Career Counsellor
- Research individuals or organizations that align with your career interests
- Career Services staff will be available to assist you and provide you with guidance and resources as you research potential Job Shadow Mentors
- Reach out to your potential Mentors using the resources and email template provided by the Job Shadow Coordinator
- Arrange a date and time to visit your Job Shadow Mentor at their place of work
- Guidelines will be provided to help you prepare for your job shadow visit
What are the benefits?
By participating in the program you will:
- discover if a particular career aligns with your interests
- learn up-to-date facts about an occupation that can assist in your decision making
- become knowledgeable about the skills and experience required in a particular field
- reflect on your own skills and knowledge and determine any gaps
- develop communication skills and self-confidence through the engagement with professionals from industry
Guideline of Key Dates
Here are a few dates as guidelines to keep you on track:
- October 11, 2019: Deadline to apply to participate in the Job Shadow Program
- October 14, 2019: The Job Shadow Coordinator will provide you with resources and outreach materials needed to contact your potential Job Shadow Mentors
- October 15 – December 6, 2019: Research potential Job Shadow Mentors; reach out and connect with Mentors to make arrangements for your job shadow visit. Job shadow visits may be either a half day or full day depending on the availability of your mentor, these arrangements are made between the student and their mentor
- January 10, 2020: Deadline to submit a small survey and reflection piece about your job shadow experience in order to receive the Job Shadow Program Participation Designation on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR)
- The Job Shadow Program will continue into the winter term, so if you are unable to secure a mentor during the fall term, you may continue with your search during the winter term
What can I expect during my job shadow visit?
During a job shadow visit you may expect some of the following activities:
- overview/presentation of the organization/industry, company culture, careers within the organization
- a tour of the organization, meeting various employees and learning about the different departments and career roles
- attending a meeting or an event, learning about work projects
- interviewing your mentor and/or other staff members in a similar role to learn about their careers, skills and knowledge, education and career path
- experience a mock interview, resume/cover letter advice with your mentor
Job Shadow Coordinator