man on laptop computerVirtual job shadowing offers professionals an opportunity to share their expertise and experience with a UWindsor student.

Job shadowing offers brief mentorship opportunity for professionals

Career Development & Experiential Learning has an exciting opportunity for professionals to inspire and help a current UWindsor student by sharing their expertise and experience.

The office is looking for professionals to host students for the upcoming Winter Virtual Job Shadow Experience. Hosts will spend an hour or two online with a student, providing valuable insights and guidance while answering questions about their industries and career paths.

This online career development program helps particpating students better understand how to connect their studies to the workplace, allowing them to gain a clearer picture of their goals after graduation.

Organizers encourage hosts — especially UWindsor alumni — from diverse sectors and locations to register.

Beth Oakley, director of the International Student Centre, enjoyed hosting a student last fall.

“Taking time to allow a student to shadow me in my position was as beneficial to me as it was to the student,” she says. “If I can provide a bit of inspiration and guidance to a young professional, maybe they can use it to help shape their future goals and direction.”

Eric Brisco, a software developer at Rocket Innovation Studio, agrees that the experience was valuable for him as well: “Hosting a shadow session is an opportunity to reflect on your own story while aiding in the development of another.”

Virtual Job Shadow Experience is set for the University’s reading week, Feb. 22 to 24.

If you or someone you know are looking to exercise leadership and mentorship qualities by sharing insights about career paths and opportunities with talented and motivated UWindsor students, find out more and register by Jan. 16 on the Job Shadow Experience host page.

For more information, contact career consultant Farrah Francis at, or career advisor Stephanie Dupley at