The Office for Alumni relations is looking for alumni willing to participate in our Student Job Shadowing program. The Student Job Shadowing program strives to strengthen ties between OC Alumni and current students. The goal of the Job Shadowing program is to help OC students learn the truths (not found in a textbook) about various industries and professions. This is a new program at OC and we invite alumni in all professions to help us make this a great learning experience for our students.
It's invaluable to have alumni volunteers who share their collegiate and professional experiences and impact students' lives and career paths through Job Shadowing. The program is designed to facilitate networking opportunities and professional relationships throughout the OC alumni community. Students gain insight into different career paths by "shadowing" an OC graduate at work for a day.
Job Shadowing can take place throughout the year depending on your available and the availability of current students. Participating alumni decide their own level of participation. Students will be carefully paired with alumni based on similar career interests and majors. The student that most closely matches your profile will then contact you to set up a time and place where he/she can shadow you. The Alumni Relations Office understands that not all careers lend themselves to "shadowing". In these cases, the same goal can be accomplished through a telephone conversation, lunch, or email.
How does completing a Job Shadow benefit students?
Students who participate in the Job Shadowing program are able to receive a firsthand look at the workplace in a career of their choice, make valuable networking contacts and have the opportunity to see how classroom learning can be applied to real world situations. The program offers a chance for students to explore possible career fields through limited observation and discussions with professionals at a selected job site. The program is intended to serve in assisting students in the career planning process. By participating in the program, students will gain a better understanding of what's involved in a particular career choice. This information will assist students in their career decision making process and and/or help them to decide what industry or environment they wish to pursue after graduation.
What is the role of the Job Shadow sponsor?
Alumni sponsors are expected to introduce their profession, industry or organization and exchange ideas with the student. A discussion of job the sponsor's responsibilities, a tour of the workplace, written material about the company and/or industry along with an opportunity to observe the sponsor's daily routine are some of the usual activities students might expect.
If you are interested in letting OC students shadow you at work and want to be listed in OC's Job Shadowing database, please fill out the form below. After submitting this form, you will not be contacted until you have been matched with a current student.
*Job Shadowing matches won't occur for all alumni mentors and students; however, we highly encouraging shadowing in person, over the phone, and/or other electronic means to increase successful matching probabilities.