Connecting Students and Alumni for Career Exploration and Networking

2019 Alumni Job Shadow Program

December 20, 2018 – January 18, 2019

Alumni registration is open until Sept. 28!

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 (or even lunch) 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.

 

Alumni Job Shadow 2018

Alumni Hosts/Mentors

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:

  • Advertising
  • Counseling/Psychology
  • Finance* (investment banking, corporate, financial services)
  • Marketing*
  • Media Production
  • Medical Doctors
  • Nonprofit
  • Nursing*
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Sports Management/Marketing

*Fairfield especially needs alumni career mentors in finance, marketing, and nursing. If you work in those fields, please consider participating this year.

Alumni Timeline

  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.

  • Talk about your career path since graduating from Fairfield. Discuss potential career paths within the organization and the industry
  • Schedule brief (15-minute) informational interviews with the student and Fairfield alumni and other employees within your organization
  • Schedule time with Human Resources to talk about future opportunities and hiring trends
  • Have the student join you for client and internal meetings
  • Tour your organization’s facility
  • Review the student's resume
  • Assign a brief project relevant to their career interests or major
  • Schedule time for Q&A

Alumni registration opens on August 22.

Fairfield Juniors & Seniors

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.

The Job Shadow student registration is open until October 19.

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:

  • Observation of the employees’ activities during their workday
  • Informational interviews with the Fairfield alumna/nus host and other employees
  • Meetings with the president, department heads, or other individuals
  • Lunch with Fairfield alumni
  • A tour of the workplace
  • An opportunity for a resume review with the alumna/nua

Participating Organizations

Companies participating in Fairfield’s Job Shadow program have included:
Albany Medical Center Hasbro
Amazon IBM
Bank of America Inspira Marketing
Baystate Health Medtronic
Boston Children’s Hospital NBC Sports Group
Boston College Novartis
Citigroup Northwell Health
Daversa Omnicom Health Group
ESPN Pfizer
Facebook SMBC
Fairfield University Travelers
GE Digital WebMD
Godiva Chocolatie WFSB TV

Student Timeline

  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!

 

Student Expectations

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…

  • If students are matched, they are expected to participate in the program. If, for any reason, students cannot participate after being matched, notify ACDC immediately so we can match another student.
  • Contact the alumni mentor to schedule a convenient job shadow date.
  • Research the organization and prepare a list of questions to ask the alumni host.
  • Be sure to respond to all correspondence from the alumni mentor in a timely manner.
  • Plan transportation and allow plenty of time for traffic, etc.

During the Job Shadow visit…

  • Bring a padfolio with a notebook, pen, and copies of your resume.
  • Dress and speak professionally.
  • Arrive on time (or 5 minutes early).
  • Spend the day actively listening, learning, asking relevant questions, and taking notes.
  • Ask for business cards of anyone you meet with during the day so you can follow up with them.
  • Take some photos of you and your alumni host in front of a company sign and during other activities.

After the Job Shadow day…

  • Send thank you notes to your alumni host and anyone else you met during the Job Shadow day.
  • E-mail photos to acdc@fairfield.edu so we can create an online album.

The Job Shadow Student Application opens September 24 and closes October 19.

For more information, e-mail Kim Nickolenko, Director of Internships, or call 203-254-4081.

Alumni Job Shadow Experiences

11501_acdc_job-shadow_mcmanus_07112018“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

 

11501_acdc_job-shadow_ian-narone_07112018“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

Student Job Shadow Experiences

11501_acdc_job-shadow_plaehn_07112018"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

 

11501_acdc_job-shadow_torres_07112018"‌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
Digital Journalism

 

11501_acdc_job-shadow_katz-rondo_07112018“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
Marketing

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