Student Success Centre

Information for Students

Please note: The Job Shadow program is currently on hold, and will return in Winter 2019. Look for information about these opportunities in Fall 2018.

Participating in Job Shadow gives you a chance to test-drive a specific job or employment sector to see if it is a good fit for your skills, interests and career plans. You may have the chance to speak to an individual in your ‘dream job’ and make a connection that helps define your future! Job shadow connects you with professionals in informal, but meaningful, ways and provides a ‘sneak peek’ into a work world that lies just beyond graduation.

Job Shadow experiences are provided by Southwestern Ontario employers and community members, and may last a half-day or full-day.

Job Shadow poster

The Job Shadow program has returned for Winter 2017 and is targeted to upper-year and graduate students from all faculties.

Visit CareerCentral to register now.

Applications extended until February 21

What does a Job Shadow experience look like?

Job Shadow experiences vary based on the host and from one organization to another. We hope that you leave your host organization with a realistic understanding of what it is like to work in that field.  During your shadow day, you should expect:

Before and after the Job Shadow Experience

There are parts to the Job Shadow program beyond your visit to your host. First you’ll need to apply to the opportunities that interest you.  Then successful student will have to pay a participation fee and attend a preparation workshop before connecting with their host. After your visit there will be a reflection activity and program evaluation to complete. Below are more details about these items.

The Application Process

Apply to the program

On this Job Shadow home page you’ll find instructions to be admitted to the program which gives you access to view the opportunities.

Key Date: Applications extended until February 21

January 25- February 10, 2017 – Applications to the program and opportunities open on CareerCentral

View the opportunities

To explore the job shadow opportunities available and apply to those that interest you visit CareerCentral. Job Shadow can be found under “Experiential Learning” on the left-hand side menu.

You’ll find a short description of the host’s work and a link to the organization’s website.

Apply to the opportunities

Complete this Supplemental Application for each opportunity that interest you. You’ll be providing a short (max 300 words) answer to the questions “Why are you interested in this Job Shadow Host? How will this experience inform your career planning?” It’s your answer to these questions which we will evaluate when selecting successful applicants.

You’ll also have to submit your resume. The content of your resume won’t effect your application but, if successful, you will be asked to send your resume to the host.

Key Date:

January 25- February 10, 2017 - Applications extended until February 21

Accept an offer

Successful applicants will receive an offer to participate with a particular host. This notice will be sent to your email starting on Tuesday, February 14th. You will have 24 hours (from the time the offer is sent) to accept the offer. You may only accept one offer.

Key Date:

Tueday, February 14, 2017 – Successful applicants notified. Notifications will continue on a roling basis

Pay the participation fee

To confirm your participation you’ll have to pay the participation fee. This fee is $10.

Prepare for your experience

We want you to make the most of your job shadow experience so we have a workshop ready to give you the tools and answer your questions. You’ll have the choice of sessions. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. At this workshop we’ll cover topics like: How to be prepared for you Job Shadow visit, How to connect with your host and what kind of questions to ask them. Attendance of the prep workshop is mandatory.

2017 prep session dates:

  • Mon. Feb. 27, 2:30-4pm in UCC 210
  • Tues. Feb. 28, 2:30-4pm in UCC 147B
  • Tues. Feb. 28, 5-6:30pm in UCC 147B

Live your experience!

Your Job Shadow experience should take place between February and March, 2017. The specific date and time will be agreed upon between you and the host

Reflecting upon your experience

Once you’ve completed your visit with your Job Shadow host you’ll want to reflect on the experience and identify potential next steps. There’s a short worksheet you’ll complete to help you through the process.

You can then add your Job Shadow experience to your Western Co-Curricular Record.

We’ll also ask you to complete a program evaluation. This is important so we can continue to improve and grow the Job Shadow program.

There are over 80 Job Shadow hosts this year. The list includs:

If you have a suggestions for a job shadow host please email