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Become a work shadowing host and help a student discover your world 

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Could you offer one of our bright and talented students a work shadowing opportunity? Taking just a few days, you can really inspire a student and help them learn more about what it's like working in your profession.


How can you help? 

We are looking for alumni and non-alumni to get involved in our programme by offering a work shadowing opportunity. As a Work Shadowing Host you can make a really positive impact on a student, as you'll can help them to gain a unique insight into your world of work. Usually lasting a couple of days, a student will visit you at work and observe your day to day activites to get an understanding of your professional role. As a host, you might: 

  • Show a student what you do and explain why you do things in a certain way
  • Allow the student to observe you in meetings or introduce them to colleagues so they can expand their network 
  • Talk to the student about your career path
  • Give the student a tour of your workplace

What are the benefits of being involved? 

Being a Work Shadowing Host certainly has the feel good factor, as you'll be giving a talented Nottingham student an opportunity that they wouldn't normally have. Hosting a student takes just two or three days, but it can have a lifelong impact, as it can influence the career path your hostee decides to take. We will fully support you throughout the programme, helping with student selection and answering any questions you might have. 

Please note, you do not need to pay national minimum wage as the student's experience should consist entirely of work shadowing with no work being performed. 

When can work shadowing take place? 

As work shadowing will need to take place during term-time, the opportunity needs to be based within commutable distance from the University campus. 

Get involved!

Register your opportunity today, and help guide the next generation of gradates as they start to think about their future career paths. We’ll then get in touch with you to discuss the opportunity in more depth and explain the student selection process. 

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Alumni Relations

Portland Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 2408
fax: +44 (0)115 951 3937