Job Shadow Program

Connect with professionals to learn from their career stories.

The Job Shadow Program matches you with a professional to learn about the day to day realities of a career, gain valuable advice, and explore your career options. The program is currently offered in-person for a 1 day workplace visit.

Job shadowing is an opportunity to:

  • Learn about potential career options and ways to apply education, training and/or experience;
  • Test a career option before making a commitment to pursue it;
  • Clarify work-related preferences and interests (e.g., work environment, sector, tasks);
  • Develop knowledge of the industry, occupation or field as well as the specific vocabulary within that field;
  • Make useful connections with professionals;
  • Increase confidence in the work search process.
  • Gain exposure to the Canadian workplace.

Job shadowing is voluntary, unpaid, and extracurricular. We cannot guarantee that every participant and host will be matched.

Program Dates

  • February 21 - 24, 2023
  • Fall 2023: Reading Week November 2023

Information for hosts

Being a job shadow host can be a rewarding experience to develop your personal leadership skills and provide new professionals with the support you had (or wish you had) when you first started working.

In-Person Job Shadowing

We are looking for individuals working in the greater Edmonton area and Camrose to sign up as a host. Hosting an in-person job shadow will take about 8 to 10 hours of your time, including registration and preparation. As a host, you will select the day and times for the workplace visit, between February 21 and 24.

As a host, you will welcome 1 or 2 participants into your workplace for a day. Hosts are expected to share their experiences, provide a safe, respectful environment, and plan and facilitate activities to help participants apply their skills and knowledge. 

Any contact that continues beyond the Job Shadow Program is at the discretion of the hosts and participants.

There are no direct costs to host for participating.

Our host guidebook outlines more details about being a host. 

The host registration deadline has now passed. Thank you for your interest in our programs, and please contact us for any other enquiries.

Information for participants

Undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and U of A alumni are encouraged to apply to participate in the job shadow program. 

Participant Application: open January 11 to 25, 2023

Review the list of hosts to determine who you are interested in shadowing. When ranking your top 3 hosts, please ensure you are available on the dates and/or times each host indicates. Submit an application by the deadline to be matched with a host. 

The full program will take about 8 to 10 hours of your time, including applying and preparing.

Participants are expected to complete mandatory training and contact their host before the shadow to arrange details with their host.  

Job shadowing is not tied to participants' core academic programming so the University of Alberta is not responsible in the event of personal injury or loss, accidents or other occurrences during a job shadow. Individuals are responsible for their own actions.


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