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Job Shadow Program

WKU Advising and Career Development Center (ACDC) created the Job Shadow Program as a career exploration tool that provides students an opportunity to spend a day shadowing a professional in career fields they are interested in.  You will immerse yourself in a typical work day so you can learn about the industry, connect with professionals, and decide if your chosen career is a good fit based on your personal interests and career goals. 

The following sections provide a summary of important program information, an outline of student expectations, and a schedule of information sessions, and the application process.  Please review this information carefully before you submit an application.

Contact our office by calling (270)-745-3095 or email CareerHelp@wku.edu with any questions you have. 

Important Information for Students

  • THE WINTER 2022 APPLICATION HAS NOW CLOSED. Please contact CareerHelp@wku.edu with any questions.
  • Apply Early:  Students are matched on a first-come-first-served basis and space is limited.  The application deadline is November 5, 2021. APPLY HERE

  • Program Date:  Your job shadow experience will occur over winter break, between January 3 through January 14, on a date you and your professional host choose.

  • Logistics:  A variety of job shadow sites are available for you to choose from based on your location during winter break.  You are responsible for transportation, housing, and other logistics for this job shadow experience.  Be sure to consider these variables when you apply and schedule your job shadow.

  • Learning Opportunity: You are not expected to have prior related experience to participate in this program because this is a learning opportunity.

  • Professionalism:  As a participant in the job shadow program and a representative of WKU, you are expected to behave and communicate professionally.  Detailed expectations are outlined below. 

Expectations of Students:

Students must understand that the professional hosts are taking time out of their schedules to make this experience possible.  In order to show your appreciation and make your experience a success, the ACDC requires that you

  • Be respectful and professional when you communicate with your host, which includes responding in an appropriate amount of time (within 48 business hours).

  • Follow through with the commitments you make throughout the experience.

  • Prepare for the experience by attending a pre-departure information session, visiting the ACDC, or reading over the pre-departure materials.  Details about effective preparation are listed in the preparation section below. 

  • Arrange your own transportation and arrive at the correct location on time and prepared to learn.

  • Send a “Thank You” email within 48 hours after the job shadow day.

  • Communicate any issues to the program coordinator, Rachel Jones. 

Information and Pre-Departure Sessions

The ACDC is holding open events in our office (Downing Student Union, Room 2001) throughout the semester to provide more information about the Job Shadow Program. The following information sessions will provide more general information about the Job Shadow program:

  • Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 3:00 pm-3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021 from 3:30 pm-4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 4:00 pm-4:30 pm
  • Monday, October 25, 2021 from 2:30 pm-3:00 pm

These pre-departure sessions will discuss tips for preparing for your job shadowing experience. 

  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 3:00 pm-3:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 2:30 pm-3:00 pm

If you are unable to attend any of these events but would still like to discuss the program, please contact use our Walk-In Service or schedule an appointment with a Career Coach.

Application and Participation

The following breakdown of the application process and participation includes information on choosing a job shadow host, submitting an application, and preparing for your job shadow experience.  Please remember that matches are made on a first-come, first served basis, so please apply early!

  • Choose a host:  Select your top three hosts from our list of Job Shadow Sites, which includes site locations.  If you do not see an industry or site that interests you, please apply anyway and list a few fields that interest you.  We receive new site applications throughout the year, and will try our best to accommodate your preference. 

  • Submit an application:  The application will ask for your top three job shadow sites, in order of preference.  You will also be asked to explain your reason for choosing each site and what you hope to learn from this experience.  You must also agree to our student expectations outlined in the section above. 

  • Prepare for the experience:  The ACDC will contact you with your job shadow site match in November, and you are responsible for setting up a mutually convenient time and date for the job shadow experience (between January 6 and January 17).  We also recommend discussing expected attire, the schedule, and logistics (for example, parking, lunch, identification, etc.) with your host. 

  • Evaluate the experience:  After the job shadow, both the student and the job shadow host will complete evaluations of the experience. 

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 Last Modified 12/4/21