Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 our Work Shadowing programme has been cancelled this year. The Year 12 Work Shadowing Programme was due to take place from Monday 12th – Friday 16th July 2021. We have been in contact with students regarding these arrangements and will be arranging a suitable alternative. We hope this excellent opportunity will be available for incoming students the following academic year 2021-22.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
1. Deciding who to approach
You may already know one position you would like to shadow, however, be wary of putting all your eggs in one basket. Make sure you apply to several companies to ensure that you get at least one position offered.
When you have decided, try to find out the names of either the HR manager at the firm, or the names of the people you want to shadow. You can do this by telephoning before you write. Correspondence with a name on it is less likely to get filed in the bin!
Keep a record of the names, addresses and contact numbers of those you are applying to. This way, you can contact them to find out whether they are considering your application. If you have not heard back from them you will need to be persistent and resilient in your approach. One of the strengths of this programme is to open your eyes to the competitive and difficult nature of the job market.
2. Devising the letter
You will need to put together a letter to send to a number of companies or professionals that you might be interested in shadowing.
Your letter should include the following information:
- Who you are and your position within the school
- Why you are writing to the company/individual
- The rationale behind work shadowing
- Who you would like to shadow in the organisation
- The dates of the work shadowing programme
- How you believe work shadowing will benefit you
- What you can offer the company in return for their help
- A contact address and telephone number
- Anything else you think is relevant to help you secure a place
Make sure you treat your letter as a formal job application. Word-process it on good quality paper and be polite / professional in the terms you use.
3. The C.V.
This is a good opportunity for you to update/produce your C.V. to include your exam results from last summer and any other relevant information. It is good practice to send a copy of your CV, alongside your letter, to the organisations or people you approach (please use https://www.unifrog.org/student/cv as an invaluable resource; all Year 12 students have logins)
4. Receiving the offer
When you have secured a place, please complete via the school website (Sixth Form / Opportunities / Work Shadowing 2021): Click here
The deadline for completing this process is Friday 19th March