Job shadow program issues call for in-person or virtual hosts

Career Development & Experiential Learning (CDEL) is looking for professionals to host students for the upcoming Fall Job Shadow Experience. For the first time, CDEL is offering both virtual and in-person shadowing options.

“We had to adapt the program to be fully virtual in the past couple of years,” explains Kerri Zold, manager of CDEL. “But we realized that the virtual aspect actually opened the program up to more diverse hosts and made it more accessible for some students.”

This term, hosts and students can choose to have a virtual or in-person experience to best fit their needs. Hosts will spend a couple of hours online or in-person with a student, providing valuable insights and guidance while answering the student’s questions about their industries and career paths. This helps UWindsor students better understand how to connect their studies to the workplace, allowing them to gain a clearer picture of their goals after graduation.

Lisa Wacheski, curator and manager of education at the Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village, enjoyed participating as a host in the Winter term.

“Participating in the University of Windsor’s Virtual Job Shadow Experience was very rewarding,” she says. “Helping students determine which direction to turn toward achieving a successful transition to a career that they are passionate about strengthens our communities. Looking forward to the next time.”

Ashwin Mohan, a project engineer at Hetek Solutions, also found the experience to be rewarding: “It was a mutually beneficial process and laudable by the University of Windsor to initiate this program.”

CDEL encourages hosts — especially UWindsor alumni — from diverse sectors and locations to register.

Virtual Job Shadow Experience is set for the University’s reading week, Oct. 11 to 14.

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 Sept. 1 on the Job Shadow Experience host page.

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