Thank you for considering hosting a job shadow student. The information below will give you many details about the goals and function of the Job Shadow program.
If you have any questions or would like to be added to our contact list for the next cycle please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Shadow is a specific model of experiential learning that gives students a first-hand look at a work environment within a chosen field. Job Shadow offers a chance for students to engage with professionals who can aid in their academic decision-making and post-graduate career planning.
Imagine if you could have test-driven your current position to see if it was a good fit for your skills, interests and career plans? Imagine if you could have talked to an individual in your ‘dream job’ and made a connection that helped define your future? Job shadow connects students with future employers in informal, but meaningful, ways and provides a ‘sneak peek’ into a work world that lies just beyond graduation.
Job Shadow has benefits for students AND hosts!
Hosting Western's students at your organization means you will:
We have created a streamlined process to help you participate in the Job Shadow program:
Note: All students participating in Job Shadow are required to attend a two-hour prep session that covers topics including expectations, professionalism, and appropriate questions to ask an employer in an informational setting.
You are welcome to design a Job Shadow experience that is appropriate for the function, pace and needs of your organization. We want our student(s) to have a realistic understanding of what it is like to work in your organization.
It is our hope that the opportunity has at least 3 components:
Example of a half-day program:
The program is targeted to upper year students (have completed their first year of undergraduate studies) from all faculties at Western University. The emphasis of Job Shadow is career exploration. Students accepted into the program may be at varying stages of career exploration; some may already know their desired career paths, others are discovering the variety of possibilities available.
Western staff will evaluate applications and assign students to hosts.
No, students are visiting your workplace as guests; therefore they are not covered under WSIB.
You should proceed with any policies or documentation your organization requires for the student’s visit. You may wish to plan the student’s visit accordingly so they do not interfere with the operations but are still able to experience the workplace.
We also highlight the importance of respecting confidentiality in our student prep sessions.
These are the responsibility of the participating student(s). However if you wish to provide assistance with these items this can be communicated directly with the student while planning their visit.