What is the purpose?
This program is designed to provide trainees with the opportunity to explore potential careers through short-term job shadowing placements in various fields relevant to the life sciences. Participants will get first-hand experience in the workplace environment by engaging with industry professionals in different activities.
How does it work?
The job shadowing program provides our trainees with a unique experiential opportunity to visit the workplace and interact with various professionals to learn more about their specific career paths. This program will provide participants with a better understanding of career expectations. Hosts and trainees are matched on the basis of career interests or professional development goals.
The program includes:
- A one-on-one placement with a professional in your career of interest.
- Placements are short-term engagements (half a day to a full day) on-site at the Host’s workplace.
- A feedback reflection due the week following the placement.
Example placement activities may include:
- Attending meetings
- Workplace tours
- Industry-specific discussions and analysis
- Writing samples
Trainees that are successfully matched with a host will be asked to confirm their participation in the program, and a specific date will be scheduled for the placement following a short orientation session in January 2019. Note that while each host is willing to take on multiple trainees separately over the duration of the program, each trainee will be limited to one host per cycle.
Winter 2019 – Host Roster
- Ann Meyer, PhD (Ontario Institute for Cancer Research) – Manager Knowledge & Research Exchange (Check out her spotlight here!)
- Marija Orlic-Milacic, PhD (Ontario Institute for Cancer Research) – Scientific Associate in Computational Biology
- Carlos Zepeda, PhD (Ontario Institute for Cancer Research) – Research Scientist, Drug Discovery
- Michelle Lloyd, PhD (Cancer Care Ontario) – Director, Quality Management (Check out her spotlight here!)
- Ryan Lamers, PhD – Owner/Freelance Medical Writer/Consultant
When does it take place?
The job shadowing placements will take place throughout the winter term, from January to April, primarily during the third week of every month. Application for the 2018 cycle opens on October 8th and closes on November 2nd.
Why participate as a Trainee?
Graduate students/Trainees – This is an opportunity to visit professionals in their workplace and gain exposure to what a day in the life of that specific career looks like, and insight into the specific skills and other requirements needed to follow host career paths. Participants can also expand their network via the placement host, as well as other professionals you may meet at the workplace.
Deadline to apply is on November 2nd.
Why participate as a Placement Host?
Professional Mentors – Get exposure to highly qualified U of T graduate and postdoctoral trainees interested your field, promote recruitment postings, and showcase upcoming volunteer or employment opportunities.