U of A Job Shadow Week matches students, postdoctoral fellows and alumni with community-based professionals for a 1-4 day workplace visit during Reading Week.
Job shadowing is an excellent way to explore career options in a short period of time where you can accompany, observe, and interview professionals in their workplaces. Job Shadow Week participants will:
Undergraduate and graduate students (including students from Faculty of Extension), postdoctoral fellows, and alumni are all encouraged to apply.
Job shadow experiences are voluntary (unpaid) and are not tied to an academic program. We cannot guarantee that every applicant will be matched with a host.
Applications for Job Shadow Week in February 2018 will open in January 2018.
After being accepted into the program, participants are expected to:
Attend a mandatory workshop
Contact your host prior to the shadow to discuss potential activities and other details like location, hours, parking, attire, etc.
When picking your top three hosts, applicants must ensure they are available on the days each host indicates. Work hours are typically during the day, however some hosts work shift work or evening hours.
Any contact that continues beyond formal job shadowing weeks is at the sole discretion of hosts and participants.
Being a job shadow host can be a rewarding experience as it allows you to:
Individuals working in Edmonton, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park, Leduc and Camrose are encouraged to sign up as a host. We cannot guarantee that every host will be matched.
As a host, you will be provided with a detailed guidebook prior to the job shadow. Your key responsibilities include:
sharing expectations with participant(s),
planning meaning activities, and
providing a safe learning environment.
Hosts will spend an hour or two planning activities and preparing an itinerary for the day(s) they are hosting.
U of A Job Shadow Week
If you have questions about Job Shadow Week and how to apply as an applicant or host, please contact: