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Exploring Diverse Careers in Academia

An Experiential Job Shadowing Program

Are you pursuing a PhD and wondering what comes next? There are many meaningful roles on campus for you to explore, and the Centre for Career Action has partnered with university staff to create a structured job shadowing program for PhD students.

About the Job Shadowing Program

The program is designed to link PhD students with staff on campus who hold advanced degrees in order learn more about the variety of careers in academe. Through first-hand learning, participants will:

  • Discover what different roles on campus entail
  • Learn how individuals in specific campus roles are using their advanced degrees
  • Build  a personal network on campus
  • Identify potential career paths that one might enjoy

Job shadow experiences will vary in length and structure, from 1-half day, to 1-full day, to a multi-day experience (for example, two 3-hour time blocks), which will be determined by the job shadow host. All experiences must:

  • Equal a minimum combined total of 4 hours in length (not necessarily consecutive)
  • Provide a tour of department and an informational interview with the job shadow host
  • Provide the student with an opportunity to explore and reflect on a project or problem that the host and/or department is actively working on

PhD students are invited to submit an application. If selected, you will be matched with a job shadow host and will accompany them throughout various workday tasks.

Important dates

Component Date
Application deadline Tuesday, December 4, 2018; 4:00pm
Notification of match to student and Host Monday, January 7, 2019
Shadow preparation workshop Friday, January, 11, 2019; 9:30 - 10:30am
Shadow experience To be confirmed - to occur mid-late January through mid-February 2019
Shadow debrief workshop Friday, February 22, 2019; 9:30 - 11:00am

Apply now

View the list of Job Shadowing Program Hosts to learn about the shadow opportunities available.

Submit your application. Application deadline is Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 4:00pm.