Job Shadowing FAQ
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the great job shadowing opportunities offered through Walk In My Shoes (WIMS) and WIMS Away.
I am a first year, may I apply?
As a first year you are not eligible for Walk In My Shoes (WIMS) or WIMS Away, however, since you are ready to start your career discernment process, please make an appointment with a counselor to discuss networking with alumni.
Do I have to complete all of the requirements?
Yes. The requirements assure an outstanding shadowing experience for you, which increases the probability that you will create a long-lasting professional connection. Students who cannot partake in all components of the program will not be allowed to participate.
I did WIMS before, can I re-apply?
Currently, the program is structured to give maximum exposure to students who have neither interned nor shadowed through WIMS or WIMS Away before. Returning students will be accommodated, providing that there is space in the program, otherwise, use the CDC and TigerWire to arrange subsequent shadowing experiences.
Do I have to know what occupation I'm interested in to apply to WIMS?
Yes and no. You will be allowed to select three occupational areas of interest. A career counselor will help you focus your ideas.
Do I have to know what occupation I'm interested in to apply to WIMS Away?
No. You will able to apply to a variety of shadowing opportunities that have been arranged by the CDC. You may use this as an opportunity to explore an occupational area that may be completely new to you or to increase your knowledge in a field that is already of interest.
Is my occupational area of interest appropriate for WIMS or WIMS Away?
Good question! Industries with proprietary business practices, e.g., psychiatry, business consulting, and accounting often do not allow shadowees to observe certain daily activities due to confidentiality. Also, distant and closed industries such as international affairs, entertainment and film, and human rights present challenges, however, we will do our best to find you an exciting and appropriate match.
My daily routine is not very eventful. Should I do something different and more interesting on the day the student(s) will be here?
No. An essential component of the WIMS and WIMS Away programs is that the student(s) see a realistic and candid view of the profession or industry in which they are interested. Knowing the daily duties and routines is key to the shadowing experience.
Does my company need to provide lunch, transportation or parking privileges for the student participant(s)?
While not obligatory, if you can make time to have lunch with your student(s) this is a good time for them to ask questions about your career path. However, neither the company nor the professional is responsible to treat lunch, transportation or parking for the student(s).
Do I make the first contact with the student?
The student is responsible for the initial contact with you, the professional. The students will work within the dates and times that you indicate to the Career Development Center staff as being most convenient for you.
What if the student does not contact me by the required date?
If the student does not contact you in a timely manner, please contact the Career Development Center via phone (323) 259-2623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How should I prepare for the student's visit?
To prepare for the student's visit, we ask that you be available to:
- Arrange a tour of the facilities
- Explain what you do in a day's work
- Allow the student to shadow you as you complete your daily routine
- Answer questions related to your work
- Provide a hands-on learning component as possible
- Phone: (323) 259-2623
- Fax: (323) 341-4900
- Email: email@example.com
- Address: AGC 109
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041 & The Career Corner JSC 134
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