Observing a professional in the workplace can help students to understand and gain an insight into a job role and organisation. Work shadowing aims to offer a rich experience while not demanding a great deal of time from the host. By spending time in a workplace students experience the realities of a professional environment within a certain industry and have the opportunity to question and learn from professionals to help inform their career plans.

The Work Shadowing scheme involves inviting a student to your workplace to experience up to 5 days in a professional environment. The shadowing day (or days) aims to provide an insight into the work environment rather than practical hands-on experience. The scheme is open to any first year undergraduate Imperial student but we prioritise students from widening participation backgrounds. Therefore the Work Shadowing scheme is not a recruitment activity, and student(s) matched to your organisation may come from a variety of STEM backgrounds.

How to register as a host

We have now closed recruitment for Spring 2020 hosts. If you would still like to offer an opportunity to our students for March 2020 please email a member of the team at workshadowing@imperial.ac.uk

We will be seeking applications for Summer 2020 work shadowing opportunities from May onwards. 

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How does it work?

We are seeking applications from host organisations in all employment sectors as we have a diverse range of students interested in careers as wide-ranging as Actuary to Zoology. Our ideal host would be:

  • Based within Greater London
  • Eager to share their experience and answer questions about their job and career path
  • Enthusiastic about embracing diversity and supporting students from underrepresented groups
  • Available to host a student for up to five days and offer a structured experience

Work shadowing has no cost for the host organisation. Due to the nature of the opportunity, there are no salary costs and where applicable, the Careers Service will cover reasonable travel costs and expenses. However, you will need to have relevant insurance and provide a health and safety induction.

The Work Shadowing team will support you to develop a structured experience for the students, however we encourage all hosts to organise an insight that best reflects their organisation.  

Typical work shadowing experiences cover some of the following activities:

  • Tours of the offices and different departments
  • Presentations from departments or members of the leadership team
  • Opportunities for Q&A
  • Shadowing a job function(s) in action
  • Simulated exercises or projects
  • Skills workshops

When does it take place

Our work shadowing programme will take place in two rounds during the academic year. Between the dates below, we ask that you are able to host a student (or students) for between 1 and 5 days. In the online registration form you will be able to outline how many students (maximum of 3) you would like to host and your date preference.

Spring Work Shadowing: Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020

Summer Work Shadowing: 1 July – 12 July 2020 and 16 September – 27 September 2020 (registration form coming soon)

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
  • Develop employees by giving them responsibility of being shadowed and/or being a designated buddy