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Job Shadowing

give insights - meet talents

How to proceed

Here’s how you can take part:

  • Start off by filling out the registration form which includes brief information about your company and the field of work/responsibilities you would like to show participating students/doctoral researchers.
  • We will then publish a short profile of this information on the Career Service website excluding the contact information of the job shadowing partner.
  • Interested students will then apply for a job shadowing opportunity in your company/field of work using an online form with details on their curriculum vitae (resume).
  • We will then forward the application(s) to you.
  • With your approval, we will then forward the contact information of the job shadowing partner to the interested student/doctoral researcher. He or she will then contact you to plan the next steps.

Here’s how job shadowing works:

  • You and the participating student/doctoral researcher clarify all the relevant details.
  •  The job shadowing day can include the following parts:
    • Welcome, introduction, formalities
    • Tour of the company
    • Job shadowing during everyday work
    • A short discussion of the day

After the job shadowing day:

  •  Please send us a short email with your feedback afterwards.

What do you gain?

  • You get to know students and learn from their perspectives.
  • You can present your company at the university.
  • You can meet prospective future employees.
  • You receive direct feedback about your company and your work.
  • You can pass on your experiences and give orientation.


Please register here.

Tips for a successful shadowing day

  • Clarify details, expectations, the sequence of events and working hours in advance. The student or doctoral researcher visiting you should know what to expect.
  • Clarify organisational requirements and company regulations.
  • Your job shadow should experience a normal workday at your company. If at all possible, please avoid scheduling meetings or confidential appointments that your job shadow cannot attend.
  • When you introduce yourselves, take the opportunity to clarify any questions, share your personal career path and ask the participating student/doctoral researcher about his/her expectations and motivation. At the end of the day, you can reflect on the day’s experiences together.
  • Show your job shadow the company and your division.
  • Plan to have lunch together, perhaps including other colleagues.