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Mentoring and Shadowing

Shadowing and mentoring are great ways to get an early start on your career exploration.


Shadowing gives you the opportunity to learn about a career that interests you by accompanying a professional through a typical workday. You can observe the professional making decisions, engaging colleagues and pursuing professional goals. In some cases, the experience may involve an interview on campus or at the workplace.

You may schedule many job shadows. Before you arrive at the workplace, research your field of interest on Handshake and compile a list of questions. Jot down your thoughts about the profession before and after your day of shadowing, which will provide a foundation for later reflection.


Mentoring involves a one-on-one relationship between a student (protégé) and a professional (mentor) who can provide advice, direction and encouragement. Students typically meet with their mentors once a month to discuss career goals and interests.

To participate as a mentor or a protégé, start by submitting the appropriate forms. Participants attend orientation workshops to learn about different types of career exploration and individual responsibilities. Once the student and mentor have begun their monthly meetings, they complete activity reports and submit them to the University’s mentoring coordinator.

For more information contact Director, Career Education, Julie Nosal at (630) 617-3440,


Julie Nosal ’03, M.A.

Director, Career Education; Adjunct Faculty, Psychology
Department of Psychology

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