Explore potential careers through job shadowing
Career placements are unpaid job shadow experiences that provide exposure to various occupations/professions in preparation for future careers. Student participants will spend 2-4 hours per week for 4-6 weeks shadowing various professionals within a host organization. These are not work-based placements, so no project-based work will be completed and SOC SCI 2EL0 is not a pre-requisite.
Career Placements provide an opportunity for you to:
- be exposed to professionals that are currently working in a career field that is of interest;
- increase your knowledge about various career options within a particular field;
- make more informed decisions about whether a certain career is "right" for you;
- see first-hand how your classroom learning applies to work-related settings,
- expand your network of contacts; and,
- build your resume.
Some of the things you may be doing while completing a placement include:
- touring the work space;
- shadowing the person while they complete work tasks;
- sitting in on meetings and other work-related events/activities;
- conducting 'information interviews' where you will be able to ask questions related to the role or field (e.g. relating to the education required, typical work hours, work/life balance etc.); and,
- meeting other staff within the area.
2016-2017 Career Placements
There is no limit to the number of Career Placement opportunities that a student can apply to and participate in within an academic year (provided the student is able to attend, in full, all placement dates).
Each placement has specific dates, times and other details as requested by the host agency/organization. Please ensure that you read the information sheet for each Career Placement prior to submitting your application. This will help to ensure that you are aware of unique characteristics of the placement as well as general information pertaining to the required statement of interest.
All Career Placement Applications must be submitted to KTH 102 prior to 4:00pm on the deadline date stated on the Application Form.
|Number of Placements Available||Application Deadline Date||
|Government and Finance
Canada Revenue Agency
|8||September 14, 2016||
|3-4||September 14, 2016||
|5||November 18, 2016||
It is the applicant's sole responsibility to ensure they meet all eligibility criteria, that applications are complete and that all information is accurate.
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that all students completing a Career Placement complete the following McMaster University health and safety training modules: Ergonomics, Office WHMIS, Slips, Trips and Falls and Violence and Harassment. *Completion of training is NOT required to apply for a placement.
Please note that any and all information provided in any application to Experiential Education, including supporting documentation, may be subject to clarification and/or verification for authenticity and accuracy.