Typical Job Shadow Day

The Job Shadow program can be held in person or virtually. Alumni and parents can connect with students in person for lunch or a full- or half-day session or via Zoom (or other video chat platform) for a 30-45-minute meeting.

Some topics to consider discussing include:

  • Your career path since graduating from Fairfield
  • Provide information about your organization and your role
  • Introduce Fairfield alumni and other employees that work at your organization
  • Discuss potential career paths within the organization and the industry
  • Share information about future opportunities and hiring trends
  • Ask the student about their major, plans, and offer to review their resume
  • Assign a brief project relevant to their career interests or major
  • Schedule time for Q&A at the end of the call

In-Person Job Shadow Day

To help ensure a successful Job Shadow in-person experience, we recommend alumni and parents 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. Students 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