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Explorer Shadow Program 2021-22

The Explorer Shadow Program is a joint effort of the Office of Alumni Engagement, the University Career Center, and the participating departments/programs. The one-day shadow experience allows La Salle students to “shadow”, or observe, a professional to get a behind-the-scenes look at a specific job or company.

For the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Job shadows will take place during Winter Break (12/20/21 – 1/14/22) or a mutually convenient date by 2/28/22.
  • Should COVID restrictions in place at the time of the shadow preclude an in-person experience, the student and host will conduct a virtual job shadow.
Info for Job Shadow Hosts

You can help students clarify their career goals by hosting 1-5 students in your workplace for a day to observe, participate and learn about your industry, role and organization. Being a host presents the opportunity to mentor the next generation of professionals while also expanding your organization’s brand awareness.

  • All job shadows will be held during Winter Break (12/20/21 – 1/14/22) or a mutually convenient date by 2/28/22.
  • Should COVID restrictions in place at the time of the shadow preclude an in-person experience, the student(s) and host will conduct a virtual Job Shadow.
  • If your workplace doesn’t allow visitors, due to COVID, you have the option of hosting a virtual job shadow.

There are generally three types of students who participate in the Explorer Shadow Program:

  • Students who are undecided about their career goals and are participating as a means of exploring. They will apply for your shadow because it sounds interesting to them. This student is looking for basic knowledge about your career industry.
  • Students who are clarifying several options that they have identified. They have some knowledge about your field. They are looking to you for a clearer sense of the “career realities” so they can make a decision.
  • Students who have decided they want to enter your field. This student hopes to deepen their knowledge and learn about how people enter and advance in your field.

Timeline:

  • To get started, please read the Host FAQ. In particular, read the sections on Ideas for the Day and Sample Job Shadow Descriptions. You do not need to have a detailed hour-by-hour agenda completed, but you should have a fairly clear idea what the student will do/experience/observe and what the student will learn.
  • You can view the registration questions prior to registration.
  • Register your shadow by 11/5/21.
  • You will be notified of your match(es) on or about 11/29/21; contact the student(s) to finalize details.
  • After the shadow, complete the post-shadow program evaluation survey.

 

 

Info for Students

Looking for an inside perspective on what it really means to work in an industry or career of interest? The Explorer Shadow Program is an opportunity to spend a day shadowing a professional in a job or company that interests you.

This is a great way to explore a career path and discover what it’s like to work in a specific field. You can learn more from a job shadow than you can from just a conversation, without the long-term commitment of an internship or job. You will get a behind-the-scenes look at what someone does, where they work, and have the opportunity to network with professionals.

  • All job shadows will be held during Winter Break (12/20/21 – 1/14/22) or a mutually convenient date by 2/28/22.
  • Should COVID restrictions in place at the time of the shadow preclude an in-person experience, the student and host will conduct a virtual job shadow.

Timeline:

  • Beginning 10/4/21, enroll in the Canvas course “Explorer Shadow Program 21-22”.
  • Complete the first two modules (Introduction & Apply & Orientation) by 11/5/21.
  • Upon completion of the first two modules, you will have a two-week window to (11/8/21 – 11/19/21) to view the job shadow opportunities and select up to five that interest you.
  • You will be notified of your match on or about 11/29/21; contact your host to finalize details.
  • After your shadow, send a thank you email to the host and complete the post-shadow program evaluation survey.

To learn more, download the Student FAQ 2021-22. To register for the Explorer Shadow Program, join the Canvas course Explorer Shadow Program 2021-22.

 

 

Info for Academic Departments and Programs

The Explorer Shadow Program provides an opportunity for your students to learn about career options and develop professionalism by spending a day with a professional.

There are generally three types of students who participate in the Explorer Shadow Program:

  • Students who are undecided about their career goals and are participating as a means of exploring a career option.
  • Students who are clarifying several options that they have identified and want to gain a clearer sense of “career realities” so they can make a decision.
  • Students who have decided they want to enter a specific field and seek to deepen their knowledge and learn about how people enter and advance in that field.

Each participating department/program designates a Job Shadow Liaison, whose role is to communicate with faculty and market the program to students.

For further information about having your students participate, contact Debra Franke, Associate Director of Alumni Relations for Career Programs, at franke@lasalle.edu or 215-991-3582.