Job shadowing can be a great way to expand your network and get a real-world glimpse of a specific role, work environment or field. This can help you
make decisions regarding your coursework and career path.
What is job shadowing?
Job shadowing is following— or
“shadowing”—a practicing professional as they go through their workday to help get a sense of that professional’s role or field. It’s typically short in
duration, ranging from a day to a week, and can be set up as part of a formal
program or arranged independently.
How do I get started?
After picking a career or industry that interests you, utilize your network to find someone who works in the field. Ask friends, relatives, professional contacts, DePaul alumni, or DePaul ASK mentors
if you can spend some time shadowing them.
Sample Introduction/Request Email
Dear [First Name],
My name is __________ and I am a student at DePaul University. I am in the process of exploring career paths and feel you would be an excellent resource to help me gain firsthand knowledge about ______________. I am looking for opportunities to shadow professionals and have informational interviews to better understand what it's like to be a ______________. Would you be willing to let me job shadow you or someone at your organization during a typical workday?
I understand you are busy and your time is valuable. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me by email or phone at _____________ or (XXX) XXX-XXXX.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sample Thank You Email
Thank you for taking the time to serve as a job shadow mentor for me. It was a pleasure to learn more about _______ and the work you do. I particularly enjoyed ___________________________________________. This experience reaffirmed my interest in __________ and I am excited to continue to learn more. Thank you, again, for your generosity in helping me explore my career path.
DePaul's Job Shadow Program
The Job Shadow program is a one-day learning opportunity for undergraduate students offered over Winter Intersession, allowing you to experience potential career paths and work environments firsthand. The program will introduce you to a professional work culture as well as career opportunities that relate to your interests and skills. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.