Loyola University Maryland

The Career Center

Employer Guidelines for Job Shadowing

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Why is job shadowing important?

  • It gives students practical, hands-on exposure to a career of interest.  
  • It helps them visualize a successful career.
  • Students will gain knowledge of the certain skills and responsibilities required in the office environment.
  • It provides exposure of day-to-day work environments and an understanding of how coursework might translate to an ability to be successful in a work environment.

What should your role be in the job shadowing process?

  • Help the student understand what is required to work in the job.
  • Show them a realistic view of the everyday aspects of your career.
  • Organize a half or full day (minimum of four hours) of activities around a normal workday so that the student can observe you in regularly scheduled meetings or projects.

Suggestions on what activities to include in a job shadowing day:

  • Provide an overview of your organization and industry.
  • Provide a tour of the workplace.
  • Talk about the skills, abilities, and education that are specifically required for your career. 
  • Give a personal history of how you landed your career and what you like/dislike about your job.
  • Ask the student what they know about the field.
  • Involve the student in quality hands-on projects if possible, such as computer projects, research, brainstorming, interactions with customers/clients, meetings, etc.
  • Talk to the student about their career plans and offer any suggestions for success. 
  • Explain how what you do is important to the operation of the organization.
  • Talk to them about resources specific to your job and industry. 
  • Offer an opportunity for the student to interact with other departments or individuals.
  • Allow time for student to conduct an informational interview, see attached document with sample questions.


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