Creating Your Own Job Shadow experience with BU Connects

Interested in working at a startup? Is Google your dream employer? Are you trying to figure out whether or not you want to work in Human Resources or Marketing? You’re not alone. There are so many options out there, how do you decide what’s best for you?

You’ve probably already talked with your parents, a friend, a professor, a career counselor, or a multitude of other individuals; however, have you ever considered a job shadow experience with BU alumni?

According to The Balance Careers, “Job shadowing involves spending time following a professional as they work. By observing the professional for anywhere from a few hours to several weeks, you can get a better understanding of their particular career.  Each job-shadowing experience can be different. However, you typically will follow an employee and observe them partaking in their day-to-day work. They might ask you to help with certain tasks, as well.” A job shadow is not an internship. It’s a chance for you to learn and to find out what the professional does on a daily basis. 

BU Connects is a platform exclusively for Boston University alumni, students, faculty, and staff that brings Terriers together for personal and professional networking on a global scale.  Students can take advantage of this valuable resource to connect with alums for a job shadow experience. 

For information on how to use BU Connects and browse the networking directory, go to  In addition, you’re able to join Industry & Affinity Groups.  Some groups include the Black Affinity Network, Entrepreneurship Network, and the LGBTQIA+ Network. 

Tallo, a talent development platform, has created a job shadowing guide for students.  The guide has information on how to shadow a professional and to prep for the day. 

Using BU Connects, reach out to alums and ask about job shadowing opportunities.  Explain that you’re interested in the industry, company, or their profession.  Don’t narrow your list of alums to contact, take advantage of the BU network and in the process you just might learn what’s best for you.

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