Work Shadowing

Explore your ideal career through Work Shadowing

The day has been very inspiring
previous work shadowing student

Work Shadowing provides you with the opportunity to learn first-hand from professionals you aspire to:

Visits: Spend a day in the workplace and experience the realities of a professional setting
Information Interviews: Question and learn from the professionals over the phone and face-to-face meetings
Q&As: First hand career knowledge from a panel of experts in a wide range of professions



Why should I Work Shadow?

Unique to the University of Chester, Work Shadowing is a placement service like no other! What better way to explore your career ideas, meet employers and receive support from your Careers & Employability service on every step of your journey.

You’ll be standing out from 1000s of other students and graduates! If that isn’t enough, then here are just some of the other ways you can benefit from Work Shadowing and kick start your career…

Learn the good and the bad, the dos and the don’ts of your ideal workplace

Gain experience, confidence and build your career portfolio

Work with employers to tailor your future applications and CVs 

Build a network of contacts for future support and advice 


New to Work Shadowing? Register here!

You must register in order to make use of the Work Shadowing service provided by Careers and Employability. To register for the Word Shadowing service please click here.

Registering will provide you access to Work Shadowing appointments. You’ll need to book an appointment if you see a Work Shadowing opportunity that you would like to attend. To view all of our available Work Shadowing opportunities visit the opportunities section of CareerHub and select ‘Work Shadowing’ on the ‘type of work’ dropdown list.

You’ll also receive monthly updates about our ‘Work Shadowing of the week’ opportunities, upcoming employer Q&As, Work Shadowing training events and more.

Already registered?

Click here to log in to the Careers and Employability CareerHub to view all of the available Work Shadowing opportunities.


Seen a Work Shadow opportunity that you like the look of?

Call 01244 513066 to book a Work Shadowing appointment, or visit us at the Careers and Employability Centre in Chester (Parkgate Road) or Warrington (Martin 025).

Unfortunately it is not possible for us to offer Work Shadowing appointments at certain times of year. While we’re closed, we’ll be securing new Work Shadowing opportunities for you with local employers. See our opening schedule below:

  • 24th September – 31st May: Open
  • 1st June – 23rd September: Closed


No time for a visit?

Browse through our employer podcasts by clicking here.


Arrange your own Work Shadowing visit

Can’t see a visit you’re interested in? Then consider arranging your own Work Shadowing experience.

Our helpful training sessions can help you gain the confidence to contact employers directly and ask for the experiences that suit you. From calling guides to letter templates, research advice to dealing with rejection, we can provide you with support. Download our ‘Organise your own Work Shadowing Visit’ guide from the resources section of CareerHub or check out our events list to find out when the next training session is available.