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 at the workplace, or via Zoom (or other video chat platform) for a 30-45-minute meeting.

Some topics to consider discussing include:

  • The classes and activities you pursued at Fairfield to prepare for your career
  • 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

Job Shadow Day

To help ensure a successful Job Shadow in-person or virtual 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 or set up a virtual meeting. 

  • 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