Work Shadowing Programme

The best way to learn about potential career paths is to learn from those who know best.

The University of St Andrews Careers Centre organises a Work Shadowing Programme whereby alumni, friends and staff of the University offer their time for you to shadow them at their place of work.

These shadow periods come in many forms, ranging from 1 week shadowing experiences, to informal chats over coffee, and all are unpaid. You must pay for any travel expenses yourself, but you may not have to stay in the UK to take advantage of this programme - the Work Shadowing Programme is worldwide.

The programme itself has many branches, ranging from Career Conversations to Managers Work Shadowing - have a look below to see what these entail.

  • This scheme is open to students in any year of study and runs during the winter, spring and summer breaks.
  • If you have any questions about Work Shadowing, email Sam - workshad@.


Information open evening

An open evening will be held on 5 March 2019 5pm - 6pm.  Venue: School 1


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Work Shadowing - Summer 2019

Summer Work Shadowing 2019 - dates for your diary:

  • Applications open: 25 February 2019
  • Applications close: 31 April 2019
  • Open evening: 5 March (academic week 6)

Managers Work Shadowing

Managers Work Shadowing is a new and exciting opportunity to shadow managers across the University, allowing you to gain an insight into the inner workings of the University. Whether you’re interested in working within a University setting in the future, or if you are looking to see what a St Andrews Summer Internship might be like, we have something for you!

  • Applications open : 11 February 2019
  • Applications close : 24 February 2019

Career Conversations

Career Conversations is another new addition to the Work Shadowing Programme which provides you with the opportunity to chat to PhD / Masters students across the University, in regards to their experiences with further study.

  • Applications open : 11 February 2019
  • Applications close : 24 February 2019

Lauren McKie

“How did you find out about the Work Shadowing Programme?”

I found out about the program via email and I was only aware of it this year. I would highly recommend this opportunity and I would like to participate again, as it is an efficient service which also allows you to have a fantastic experience.

“How did your shadow day begin?”

I first sat down with my host and discussed what I was looking to get out of the work experience, and what events in her schedule would I be interested in. My time in the office involved meeting each member of my host’s team and learning each of their roles, as well as sitting in on meetings with local start-ups.

“What was positive about your shadow day?”

I was given fantastic one on one time with my host to freely discuss and seek advice on my own degree progression. I was then invited back for further days which followed the same structure. It made politics more accessible and gave me a clearer perception of where I would like to head when I graduate.

“What advice would you give to future participating students?”

Ask questions and make a bond with hosts, as they are more than happy to pass on knowledge and try and get you on your own career path. That’s why they signed up to the programme in the first place!