- Who can participate?
- How does the program work?
- What are the benefits?
- What to expect
- Key Dates
- Apply Now
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.
- 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 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
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
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
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. Applications for Science students are now closed.
- 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)
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 and Public Affairs students:
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Job Shadow Coordinator.