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.

Summer 2020 Work Shadowing scheme update

In light of current social distancing recommendations, we have taken the decision to run the summer 2020 scheme remotely. As students will no longer be coming to your workplace to experience a professional environment, we would like to provide students with a virtual career insight into your career progression and organisation.

The revised virtual Work Shadowing scheme will involve having a one-to-one (approximately one hour) career focused conversation with a first year undergraduate Imperial College London student. The Imperial Careers Service will provide registered hosts with guidance on career topics and possible points of discussion (for further details please see the ‘How does it work?’ tab below).

Following an application process, the scheme will match students to hosts to have a one-to-one virtual career conversation with that host. The scheme is open to any first year undergraduate Imperial College London 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.

Register as a host

Applications for Work Shadowing Summer 2020 have now closed. Outcomes will be shared with hosts by Friday 10 July 2020. If you would like to be invovled for summer 2020, please email 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
  • Opportunities for Q&A

When does it take place

Our work shadowing programme can take place at any point during the below dates. Hosts and students will be asked to decide on a mutually agreeable date and time for the one to one chat.

Summer Work Shadowing: Monday 29 June to Friday 2 October 2020

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