Job shadowing – mentoring for a day!
Do you still remember starting your career?
What was it like for you getting an idea of all the possible job options for your profile and then actually filtering out the one “right” profession for you?
Today, numerous young people are faced with the problem of choosing from the many career options as well. However, nowadays, you are in a position to help these people by sharing your wealth of professional experience with them. Take on an unsure student as a personal job shadow for a day and send him / her off as a confident job starter.
This is what you can do:
… is a quick and simple method of career orientation.
Our goal is for students and doctoral candidates at TU Darmstadt to accompany professionally experienced alumni for one day. By watching and talking to the professional, students can become familiar with a new professional and working environment in a very short space of time. Although the shadows do not actually get involved in the work, they experience everyday working life close up and thus get a good picture of what it is like.
Our first job shadowing team at TU Darmstadt
You can join in
… if you are an alumnus / alumna of TU Darmstadt who would enjoy getting to know one or more inquisitive young people and looking after them for a day.
Numerous departments, will be taking part as of April 2017. Therefore, we are looking forward to first brave alumni who send us their profile.
Your reasons for getting involved
- With your involvement you can make a difference in the life of a student!
- You can help to make studying at TU Darmstadt more practical.
- You can get to know potential future employees.
- You can present your company as an attractive employer (“employer branding”).
Your day with a job shadow
- Choose a day that is as typical as possible.
- Schedule half an hour in the morning and in the evening to talk so you can
- introduce yourselves to each other. In particular, your own professional history can be useful for those starting their careers.
- present your responsibilities
- describe the line of business and the company
- answer questions and ask some of your own. Ask your shadow about their motivation and expectations, for example.
- Give a tour of your company and introduce colleagues from neighbouring areas. Perhaps you can organise lunch together?
- Allow them to watch you. While making telephone calls, while writing emails. Even if this may seem boring to you, it is the only way your shadow can get as realistic an impression as possible. However, expect to do about half of your usual workload on this special day.
- It is also ideal if you are able to take your job shadow to a meeting. So make sure you do not have any confidential meetings that day.
- If you get caught up in a long telephone call, documents such as annual reports, the company website and newsletters can help to keep your shadow occupied. If appropriate, you might even be able to give them a small task to do
Interested? Get in touch with us!
Anna Dimitrova, M. A.
Tel: 06151 16-20759
Tip: Inform your job shadow beforehand by telephone of what to expect.
Between when and when is work done, including any overtime? What is the schedule for the day? What kind of dress code do you have?