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.