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 year within Faculty of Public Affairs or Arts and Social Sciences
  • Not participating in Co-op, Internship or field placement option

How does the program work?

  • Apply through mySuccess Job Shadow program module starting January 14, 2019
  • View mentor profiles and express your interest by uploading to mySuccess your resume and cover letter (include interests and career goals)
  • You may express an interest to a max of two job shadow opportunities
  • Application deadline January 30, 2019 (no guarantee of placement)

What are the benefits?
By participating in the program you will:

  • discover if a particular career aligns with your interests
  • learn about up-to-date facts about an occupation that can assist in your decision making
  • be knowledgeable of the skills  and knowledge 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

Key Dates

  • January 14 – 30, 2019: Job Shadow mentor profiles will be posted on mySuccess for viewing and to submit an application (resume and cover letter)
  • January 30 – February 6, 2019: Students will be notified of their job shadow placements (no guarantee of placement)
  • February 6 – 8, 2019: Students review preparation course outline
  • February 6 – 8, 2019: Students to contact their job shadow mentor to confirm their participation and the date of their visit
  • February 18 – February 22, 2019: Most job shadow placements will take place during reading week, other placements may take place between February 25 and March 29, 2019 depending on the mentor’s and student’s availability

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

Finding your own Job Shadow Mentor

Should a student have a job shadow mentor within a specific career area they would like to be matched up with but is not part of the program, we welcome students to research their own mentors and to seek the assistance of the Career Centre to reach out to a mentor, please contact Lorraine Anderson at to make arrangements.

Questions? Contact:

Lorraine Anderson
Student Employment Programs Coordinator