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 (job shadow mentor) at their job. 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 Faculty of Public Affairs or Arts and Social Sciences.
  • NEW! In Partnership with the Student Science Success Centre, students in 3rd or 4th year within the Faculty of Science can now apply to participate in the Winter 2020 Job Shadow Program. Apply now!

How does the program work?

  • Apply to the Job Shadow Program through the 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, please drop in to the Career Centre in 401 Tory Building
  • 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

What to expect

During a job shadow visit 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
  • 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

Key Dates

Fall 2019 (BA Students)

  • October 11, 2019: Deadline for BA students to apply to participate in the Fall 2019 Job Shadow Program via the website online form. Applications now closed. 
  • October 15, 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. If you are unable to secure a mentor during the fall term, you may continue with your search during the winter term

Winter 2020 (BA & Science Students)

  • October 31, 2019: Deadline for Science students to apply to participate in the Winter 2020 Job Shadow Program via the online form
  • January 15, 2020: Deadline for BA students to apply to participate in the Winter 2020 Job Shadow Program via the online form
  • January 15 – 17, 2019: The Job Shadow Coordinator will provide you with resources and outreach materials needed to contact your potential Job Shadow Mentors
  • January 17 – March 30, 2020: Research potential job shadow mentors; reach out and connect with mentors to make arrangements for your job shadow visit
  • February 17 – 21, 2020: Most job shadow placements take place during reading week. Other placements may take place between February 24 and March 31, 2020 depending on the mentor and student availability and schedules
  • April 30, 2020: Deadline to submit your optional reflection assignment about your job shadow experience in order to receive the Job Shadow Program Participation Designation on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR)

Apply Now

For Arts and Public Affairs students:

The application period for the Fall 2019 Job Shadow Program is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied – you will be contacted by the Job Shadow Coordinator shortly.

For Arts, Public Affairs, and Science students:

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Anderson, Job Shadow Coordinator.