Job Shadowing & Site Visits

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TIGER L.E.A.P. connects undergraduate students with alumni, parents, and employers for one-day job shadowing opportunities to explore a potential career field by experiencing a “day in the life” of an industry professional.

Why should I host?

  • develop a pipeline of qualified interns and candidates by connecting with passionate students
  • build brand awareness and loyalty among TU students
  • increase your organization’s visibility to students and shape their perspectives of your organization while giving them an inside look at your company culture
  • influence students’ academic studies to better prepare them for the skills you seek in future employees
  • offer the guidance and advice you wish you had received as an undergrad
  • gain a fresh perspective into what students are expecting from potential work environments

Program Timeline

Program Steps Important Dates
Volunteer Host Registration Deadline October 11, 2019
Student Application Deadline- Career Center to review and match students November 11, 2019
Hosts and students are notified of matches by email Late November 2019
Deadline for students to make contact with host to arrange shadowing date December 1, 2019
Job Shadowing- Shadowing to take place on a date convenient for host and student December 17, 2019 – January 24, 2020 
Program Evaluation Survey- 5-minute survey to provide feedback on student and program to Career Center January 24, 2020

 

Register today!

Register as a Host for Fall 2019

Complete the host registration form by October 11, 2019.

Contact Leah Fondersmith, Experiential Learning Coordinator, at  with any specific questions.

Planning Your Job Shadow Day

The agenda of the job shadowing day is completely up to you. You can take a structured approach, or simply allow the student to shadow you on any given day.

When designing your job shadowing agenda, consider the following ideas:

  • tour the facility and give an overview of your organization and the hiring process
  • describe a typical day for you
  • present staff/alumni panel with Q&A
  • conduct informational interviews with key employees to help students gain a broad perspective of your organization’s operations
  • engage students in a hands-on activity or project
  • have students attend client/patient meetings or presentations

Sample Job Shadow Day Agendas

Minimal Staff Involvement- Half Day

This sample agenda:

  • Half day
  • Provides an in-depth look into one role
  • Best when only 1 employee at company is available
  • Best for 1 or 2 students at one time
  • Flexibility in schedule

8:45 a.m. – Student arrival

9 a.m. – Meet with Graphic Designer: Overview of the company, culture, and department. Discuss the day’s agenda.

9:30 a.m. – Tour of the office, meet and greet with any other staff members available

10 a.m. – Shadow Graphic Designer: Observe the daily routine, conduct an informational interview, and learn about necessary skills to be successful in the position

Noon – Attend staff meeting

1 p.m. – Wrap-Up and Depart: Final questions and takeaways

Minimal Staff Involvement- Full Day

This sample agenda:

  • Full day
  • Provides an in-depth look into one role
  • Best when only 1 or 2 employees are available at host company
  • Accommodates one or more students
  • Flexibility in schedule

8:45 a.m. – Student arrival

9 a.m. – Meet with Marketing Manager: Overview of the company, culture and department. Discuss the day’s agenda.

9:30 a.m. – Tour of the office, meet and greet with any other staff members available

10 a.m. – Shadow Social Media Coordinator: Observe the daily routine, conduct an informational interview, and learn about necessary skills to be successful in the position

Noon – Break for lunch

1 p.m. – Attend team meeting

2 p.m. – Shadow Social Media Coordinator: Observe the daily routine, conduct an informational interview, and learn about necessary skills to be successful in the position

4 p.m. – Wrap-up with Marketing Manager: Any final takeaways, questions, etc.

Greater Staff Involvement- Half Day

This sample agenda:

  • Half day
  • Is appropriate when multiple staff members wish to be involved
  • Provides an introduction into several different professionals and career paths within the company or department
  • Accommodates multiple students at the same time

8:45 a.m. – Student arrival

9 a.m. – Welcome, Introduction, and Overview – Campus Recruiter: Overview of the company, culture and department. Discuss the day’s agenda.

9:30 a.m. – Tour of the office, meet and greet with any staff members available

10 a.m. – Employee Panel – Event Manager, Sales Manager, Sales Analyst: Q & A panel with multiple members of the department, discussion of internship opportunities, etc.

11 a.m. – Shadow Sales Call/Team Meeting – Sales team: Attend sales call or team meeting

Noon – Shadow Event Manager: Discuss daily responsibilities, conduct informational interview and learn about necessary skills to be successful in the role

1 p.m. – Wrap-Up – Campus Recruiter: Any final takeaways, questions, etc.

Greater Staff Involvement- Full Day

This sample agenda:

  • Full day
  • Is appropriate when multiple staff members wish to be involved
  • Provides an introduction into several different professionals and career paths within the company or department
  • Accommodates multiple students at the same time

8:45 a.m. – Student arrival

9 a.m. – Welcome, Introduction, and Overview – Senior Leadership Member: Overview of the company, culture and department. Discuss the day’s
agenda.

9:30 a.m. – Tour of the office, meet and greet with any staff members available

10 a.m. – Discuss Sales Strategies – Sales Analyst: Observe, possible hands-on project, case study, learn about the daily routine and necessary skills to be successful in the position

Noon – Informal lunch with new employees, alumni, and team

1 p.m. – Observe a presentation to a client - Sales Analyst: Visit local client, or attend an in-house sales call or team meeting

3 p.m. – Employee Panel – Client Associate, Financial Advisor, Sales Associate: Q & A panel with multiple members of the department

4 p.m. – Resume Review & Coaching – HR Director

4:30 p.m. – Wrap-up - Senior Leadership Member: Any final takeaways, questions, etc.

 

REGISTER TODAY!

Register as a Host for Fall 2019

Complete the host registration form by October 11, 2019.

Contact Leah Fondersmith, Experiential Learning Coordinator, at  with any specific questions.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ'S ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Why should I host a student?

This is an opportunity to promote your organization and start the recruitment process for engaged and passionate interns. You will gain direct insight into what today’s generation is looking for from their employers.

What do students do during shadowing?

The agenda is up to each individual host but the job shadow day may consist of observational work, field experience, a facility tour, staff panel Q&A, informational interviews, department meetings, and/or hands-on activities.

What should I expect from my student(s)?

You can expect student(s) to arrive on time, dressed appropriately and acting professionally. They will be prepared to ask questions and stay engaged throughout the experience. Students are not required to have relevant industry experience, rather an interest in the industry to explore the potential career match.

 How long is a typical shadow day?
 

The length of the job shadow is up to the host, and must be at least four hours. It is typically a one-day experience; however, it can be extended to multiple days, if needed to provide a thorough look at the industry.

What is expected of me as a host?

You will be expected to help students explore the industry, answer questions, and provide an engaging agenda that allows students the opportunity to observe daily responsibilities and gain valuable insight into what a typical day is like for someone within your profession.

Does it cost me anything to participate as a host?

No. Students will be required to provide their own transportation and bring their own lunch. , some hosts have elected to provide lunch.

What if my company has special requirements regarding privacy and confidentiality?

Prior to the job shadow day, students are advised about workplace confidentiality; however, you may consider some of the following steps to prevent risk:

  • Discuss specific confidentiality requirements at your company with student(s) upon arrival
  • Require that student(s) sign a non-disclosure agreement upon arrival
  • When designing the structure of the day, avoid including areas that are especially secure and limit students’ access to confidential information

FAQ'S ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS

If I register to be a host, am I guaranteed a student?

Due to a variety of factors that are considered during the matching process, such as career interest and location, a match is not guaranteed. If you are not matched with a student, there are other valuable ways you can contribute to students’ career development. Please email  for more information.

How does the matching process work?

Students attend a 30-minute mandatory orientation session that outlines the student expectations surrounding professionalism and logistics. Students will submit an application to the program, and based on their career interest, location, and company preferences, the Career Center will match them with a host. We will take into consideration host preferences on student school year and major, however, we cannot guarantee that all preferences are met.

What can I expect a student’s knowledge of my field to be?
 

You can expect they will have done some research on the company and industry ahead of time, but should not expect they have any relevant industry experience. The purpose of this program is to serve as a career exploration tool.