1. Who can participate?
  2. How does the program work?
  3. What are the benefits?
  4. What to expect
  5. Key Dates
  6. Apply Now
  7. Questions?

The Career Services Job Shadow Program is a unique opportunity for career exploration that allows you to learn about careers of interest to you by visiting a professional (a job shadow mentor) at their job for a 60-90 minute session. The Job Shadow Program 2022/2023 is offered either virtually or in person based on a mutual agreement between mentor and student.

Job shadowing will help you make connections between classroom learning and real-world work requirements, and gain a better understanding of the knowledge, skills, and education you may need to follow your career interests.

Who can participate?

Students in 3rd or 4th year within the Faculties of Public Affairs, Arts and Social Sciences, and Science.

How does the program work?

  • Apply to the Job Shadow Program through the online application form
  • 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, contact Career Services for a one-on-one career advising session
  • 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 virtually meet your Job Shadow Mentor
  • Guidelines will be provided to help you prepare for your virtual job shadow meeting

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 engagement with professionals from industry

What to expect

During a job shadow you may expect to participate in or observe some or all of the following activities:

  • overview/presentation of the organization/industry, company culture, careers within 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

Key Dates

Fall (for FASS & FPA Students)

Winter (for FASS, FPA & Science Students)

Apply Now

Please fill out the application form that corresponds to the Job Shadow Program in the semester of your choice. Please note: the Fall Job Shadow Program is open to FASS & FPA students only.


If you have any questions, please email jobshadow@carleton.ca.