Human Resources

University-Wide Work Shadowing Opportunities

Top Tips for Making the Most of the Work Shadowing Experience

  •  Read the information sheets & be realistic about what can be achieved in the time available.
  • A work shadow or placement will be useful if you have thought about what you want to achieve.
  • A genuine interest in the area is vital as it can be a time consuming process for the host
  • Take notes – you may come away with a very useful list of contacts, names, phone numbers, email addresses etc , including facts thoughts and observations. Spend some time sorting through these notes afterwards to make the most of them.
  • Talk to a variety of people at different levels. This will give you a better insight into the organisation and how the department works.
  • Volunteer to do things (if appropriate) – people like someone who is helpful – if you do basic things well you are more likely to  be offered  work with more responsibility.
  • Watch and observe – you can learn a lot by watching how others work.
  •  Ask questions – it is easy for others to assume you know how things work when often you don’t.
  •  Make sure you achieve what you wanted to from the experience – if it falls short let someone know how to address it.
  •  Consider what could be gained if the Work Shadow was extended.