ESP FAQ's for students
Answers to students most frequently asked questions are listed here, please peruse the list before contacting staff as it is likely that someone else has had a similar query in the past.
I've heard about the Executive Shadowing Program - what is it?
The Executive Shadowing Program is a unique work placement program which is competitively offered to Tourism students enrolled in the final year Professional Development (TOUR3009) course. Under this program students spend quality time ‘shadowing’ a senior manager in industry or government, in their industry of interest: tourism, travel, hospitality, events, sport and leisure.
What do I need to do to qualify for ESP?
To be eligible for the executive shadowing placement students must:
- Be in their final graduating year
- Be amongst the top 30 or so academic achievers
- Possess relevant work experience commensurate with the type of placement being sought
- Demonstrate a high level interpersonal and professional communication skills
- Be cognizant of and committed to, the responsibilities involved in undertaking the placement
What can I do to prepare to apply for the Program?
Make sure you have a serviceable resume. This will include being able to list work experiences relevant to the type of placement you seek. Demonstrate suitable work experience and/or experience in a volunteer placement. Articulate which is your industry of interest and why you are suited to this industry.
Do I get academic credit?,
The Executive Shadowing Program is an embedded component of academic course TOUR3009 - Professional Development. Your industry host will evaluate your performance and your major piece of assessment will be largely based upon your placement experience.
What sort of a time commitment will I need to make?
The placement guidelines stipulate that students must commit 80-100 hours to the placement, however, our experience tells us that students probably need to 'budget' at least another 20 hours for resume preparation, internal briefing meetings, interviews (both internal and external), and just for 'thinking' and 'processing' time.
Are the hours flexible? Is the placement structured around lecture times and my other commitments?
Your placement may be structured in any way that you are able to negotiate with your industry host. Be mindful that the placement must be progressing by mid-September at the latest and completed no later than mid-October, so that you can make progress on, and submit your major assessment report.
How does ESP affect my normal class work?
You will complete exactly the same content as the other students, however, our experience suggests that ‘shadowing’ students usually get more from the class and perform better in assessment. Placement of 80-100 hours is over and above your normal university commitments.
What happens if I am having problems on the placement?
The Work Integrated Learning team is available for consultation at any time and in the past with the rare issues we have had, they have been speedily and satisfactorily resolved.
What employment opportunities might I gain from ESP?
Some of our hosts use ‘shadowing’ students as a direct recruitment tool for post-graduation opportunities, however there is no guarantee that students will be offered ongoing paid work. In the past a significant number of students have secured ongoing full time or part-time positions with either the industry host or networks they developed while on placement. Students performance, as well as attitude towards work and colleagues will be continually monitored during the placement to assess suitability for continued employment, it will also offer students clarity of their suitability and enjoyment of the industry in which they are working, as well as providing a real opportunity to work as a 'professional' and experience an organisation’s culture.
What other benefits does ESP offer?
Participation allows you to observe an organisation from a strategic managerial perspective. It helps sharpen or shape, future career and life goals. This is an excellent way for you to 'dip your toe in the water' and find out what your preferred career is really like!
Is the placement paid?
No - however UQ provides full insurance coverage to the employer.