Observing a professional in the workplace can help students gain an insight into different career areas and make more informed career choices. The Careers Service Work Shadowing scheme aims to offer a rich experience for both students and organisations to support career development.

Spring 2021 update

In light of current government guidelines, the spring 2021 scheme will run remotely. The revised virtual scheme will focus on first year undergraduate students gaining an insight into a job function and/or sector, by conducting a remote one-to-one (approximately one hour) career focused conversation with a professional in the workplace.

Following an application process, the scheme will match students to hosts to have a one-to-one virtual career focused conversation in April 2021. The scheme is open to any first year undergraduate Imperial College London student, but we prioritise students from widening participation backgrounds. The Work Shadowing scheme is not a recruitment activity, and student(s) matched to your organisation may come from a variety of STEM backgrounds.

Register as a host

Registration for the spring 2021 scheme has now closed. If you would be interested in registering as a host for the summer 2021 scheme please complete our expression of interest form to be kept up to date.

If you have any questions please contact workshadowing@imperial.ac.uk

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How does it work?

We are seeking applications from hosts in all employment sectors as we have a diverse range of students interested in careers as wide-ranging as Actuary to Zoology.

Your host registration form will be used to collate an anonymised profile for Imperial first year undergraduate students to apply to. Any matched student will have expressed a strong interest and motivation in gaining an insight into your sector or occupational area.

Work shadowing has no cost for the host organisation. The Work Shadowing team will support you by providing a recommended structure for the one to one conversation. Typical career insight topics that we will recommend will include:

  • Career journey to date
  • A day in the life of explanation
  • Recommended skills for your job profile or sector
  • Application and recruitment hints and tips

Students are advised to follow the Imperial Work Shadowing Informational Interviewing Guide to structure their career focused conversation. 

When does it take place?

The Work Shadowing scheme currently has two intakes: spring and summer. The spring opportunities take place during the Easter holiday and the summer opportunities take place during the summer holiday. Please review the Imperial College London calendar for guideline dates. 

Hosts and students will be asked to decide on a mutually agreeable date and time for the one to one chat.

Why get involved?

Work Shadowing provides a unique opportunity to work with our students while helping to shape their career plans. It will enable you to:

  • Connect with some of the brightest young people studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in the UK
  • Gain an insight into the skill sets and trends of undergraduate students
  • Support your diversity and corporate social responsibility initiatives
  • Build a relationship with Imperial College London