2019 Alumni Job Shadow Program
December 20, 2018 – January 18, 2019
(Registration opens August 22)
Fairfield alumni can make a big difference in helping our students get on the right career path!
Fairfield’s Job Shadow program, held during winter break, pairs students with alumni professionals across the Northeast and beyond for a day or half-day of rewarding career exploration.
Fairfield’s Alumni Job Shadow program gives students a chance to begin planning for life after Fairfield by accompanying alumni through a typical workday during winter break.
Fairfield alumni have so much to offer today’s students! We hope that alumni from all industries will volunteer as mentors so we can match all students who register for this rewarding, impactful program.
Whether you can devote a day, half day, or even a lunch meeting, your time is extremely beneficial to Fairfield students. Whatever your field, you’ll have the opportunity to introduce careers, culture, and industry, and share your own personal career experiences.
The industries often requested by students include:
*Fairfield especially needs alumni career mentors in finance, marketing, and nursing. If you work in those fields, please consider participating this year.
|August 22||Alumni will receive an e-mail with a link to the online registration page.|
|By September 28||Complete a profile form and register to host one, two, three, or more students at your organization for a full day, half-day, or lunch.|
|By November 30||Matched alumni mentors will be notified of the student(s) who will shadow them. (Alumni who are not matched will also be notified. Matches are based on students’ choices of location and career)|
|By December 4||Alumni should reply to students with details and itinerary|
|December 20, 2018 – January 18, 2019||Job Shadow!|
Typical Shadow Day
To help ensure a successful Job Shadow experience, we recommend alumni share in advance an itinerary of what you anticipate the Shadow Day to be like. You may choose to have the student(s) for a full day, half-day, or lunch. They can spend the entire time with you and/or spend time with colleagues.
Alumni registration opens on August 22.
Job Shadow is an opportunity for you to observe first-hand a typical day on the job by accompanying Fairfield alumni through their workday. You’ll begin to understand the skills and attributes necessary to succeed in a particular field and gain a realistic picture of the everyday aspects of a workplace.
Students from all majors participate in Job Shadow, including marketing, finance, psychology, biology, communication, engineering, nursing, media and film production, information systems, and international studies—to name a few. You do not need to have experience in the field.
Typical Job Shadow Day
The format and schedule varies, but a typical Job Shadow day may include:
Companies participating in Fairfield’s Job Shadow program have included:
|September 24||Juniors and seniors will receive an e-mail from Stags4Hire with a link to the online registration.|
|September 24 - October 19||Complete the online application that will assist ACDC in matching students to an opportunity based on career interest and location. .|
|November||Students must attend a mandatory Orientation Workshop to learn about the program goals and procedures, and how to prepare for the Job Shadow experience.|
|By December 1||Contact the alumni mentor directly to arrange for your Shadow Day experience. ACDC will provide you with the alumni contact information.|
|December 20, 2018 – January 18, 2019||Job Shadow!|
There is a mandatory Orientation in mid-November. There will be a “returner” Orientation for students who participated last year.
Prior to the Job Shadow visit…
During the Job Shadow visit…
After the Job Shadow day…
The student Job Shadow Application opens September 24.
For more information, e-mail Kim Nickolenko, Director of Internships, or call 203-254-4081.
“I have been involved in the Fairfield Alumni Job Shadow initiative for several years and believe it benefits both the student nurse and myself. The students receive an overview of job opportunities throughout Northwell Health, exposure to a behavioral health hospital from the Chief Nursing Officer’s perspective, and advice on how to start their career with opportunities at Northwell. In exchange, I see it as a recruitment opportunity and the chance to observe a student nurse’s reaction to a specialty area such as inpatient behavioral health nursing.
At my son’s graduation ceremony at Fairfield I was proud to see that my Alumni Job Shadow students and nurse externs were recipients of Magna Cum Laude and Sum Laude degrees!”
Marybeth McManus ‘78, MPA, BSN, RN-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Associate Executive Director of Patient Care Services
Zucker Hillside Hospital
“I had an absolutely wonderful experience over three different days with Emilse, Rami and Abdul. They were attentive and enthusiastic as we saw a variety of patients who presented with anything from routine problems to true medical emergencies. The patients enjoyed speaking and interacting with the students. Their interest and enthusiasm were contagious. All three of them are clearly motivated, smart, and so appreciative of their Fairfield Jesuit education and Ignatian values.
Spending time with these future physicians rekindled my enthusiasm for my medical career which spans 37 years. I enjoyed reminiscing about my time at Fairfield, what motivated me to pursue a medical career, and how my Fairfield Jesuit education continues to serve me well, especially in difficult situations.
I would highly recommend this program to classmates and colleagues, both as a great personal growth experience, as well as a way to give back to Fairfield University. Please sign me up for next year.”
Johh Iannarone ‘77
Urgent Care Physician
St. Vincent's Medical Center
"Twice I was matched with notable companies while participating in the Alumni Job Shadow program. Initially, when I was matched at Thermo Fisher Scientific, I was hesitant since I didn't know too much about the company or industry. Fast forward five months later and I began working at Thermo Fisher just weeks after graduation! Had it not been for the Job Shadow program and the incredible alumni network Fairfield has, I would not be where I am today! If you're a Stag and thinking about participating, be open to any opportunity. You never know who you'll meet or where your experiences can take you!"
Eileen Plaehn ‘18
Marketing Major Environmental Studies Minor
"Signing up for the Alumni Job Shadow was one of the best decisions I have made at Fairfield University, not only because I was able to explore the offices of my dream job, ESPN, but also for the amazing people that I was able to meet. I was introduced to so many people from several different departments and all offered a different perspective of ESPN. I learned so much during my job shadow that I would not have learned anywhere else and it is definitely something I would recommend for future students."
Alfredo Torres ‘18
“Thank you for connecting me with alumni at Katz Media Group and Spectrum Reach. Both job shadows were really great experiences and helped me to expand my network as I continue my internship search. Overall, I feel better informed to have conversations with media professionals and feel confident to ask thoughtful questions during interviews.”
Michelle Rotondo ‘19