A Day in the Life work shadowing: FAQs
Please see below for some Frequently Asked Questions about our work shadowing scheme, 'A Day in the Life...'
Frequently Asked Questions
- Would the visits be a direct swap between myself and my work shadow partner?
- What obligations would I have to the person I have been matched with?
- Is there any charge for the work shadowing scheme?
- I'm not available during September / October. Is it possible to organise the visits for an alternative date?
- I think it would be more useful for my work shadow partner to spend the day with one of my colleagues when they visit. Is this possible?
- How should I prepare for the day at my organisation?
- Should I prepare anything for when I am shadowing?
- Do I have to travel to London to take part in the scheme?
- What level of seniority are participants of 'A Day in the Life'?
- I have another colleague who is interested in the scheme. Can we apply together?
- Is it possible for more than one member of staff from the same organisation to apply?
- Could you send me an application form?
No, the visits would take place on separate days. You would host your partner at your organisation on one day, and he or she would host you at theirs on another day. Both visits can take place during September and October, at a mutually convenient time.
You would need to organise a day that gives your partner an insight into your work as an individual and/or as an organisation. For example, this might include arranging meetings with your colleagues, demonstrating some of your recent work or visiting some of your beneficiaries.
No, the scheme is free of charge to the staff of Civil Society organisations in England and the employees of participating government departments.
Ideally your visits need to take part during September or October 2012. However, if this is not possible it's between you and your partner to arrange a suitable date.
I think it would be more useful for my work shadow partner to spend the day with one of my colleagues when they visit. Is this possible?
It's not a problem for your partner to visit another team or colleague if you think it would give them a better insight into your work as an organisation. Simply make the necessary arrangements with your colleagues and your partner.
It has proved beneficial in past schemes for the host to organise a range of activities for their partner so that they are able to meet a variety of people from your organisation, and get the most out of the day. For more hints on planning an effective work shadow experience read our guide to planning your shadowing days (PDF, 22KB).
'A Day in the Life' is open to all civil society staff from across England. However, participating government departments are based in London so the vast majority of placements are there (although there are some satellite agencies taking part in other parts of England). Subsequently, if you're unable to travel to London the options open to you will inevitably be reduced.
What level of seniority are participants of 'A Day in the Life'?
'A Day in the Life' is open to all levels of seniority, from chief execs to admin staff.
No, you don't need to be a member of NCVO to apply.
Yes, you can make a joint application. Please include both of your details on your application form. If you would prefer, you can also apply separately (see below).
Yes, more than one person can make an application from the same organisation.
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