Job Shadowing & Informational Interviewing
At the Decosimo Success Center, we understand the importance of bridging the space between students and professionals. Job Shadowing and Informational Interviewing are career exploration experiences during which students spend time with business professionals to deepen their understanding of potential careers that can be pursued in connection with their fields of study.
What is Job Shadowing?
Job shadowing consists of a student pairing with a professional in his or her workplace, observing daily activities of a career role that interests the student. During a job shadow experience, students follow the employee being shadowed through his or her work day. Students observe the duties of the job, the culture of the company as a whole, and ask lots of questions about their career path and industry.
What is an Informational Interview?
Informational Interviews are typically about an hour in length and held in the professional's place of work so they can introduce students to others in the workplace, but also could be over lunch or coffee in a public setting. During this time, the student facilitates the conversation by asking questions of the professional that will assist in bringing career realities and career goals into focus.
How am I helping a student become business-world ready?
By bringing students and professionals together, very real and tangible options come alive. Job shadows and informational interviews provide students with an understanding of how academic knowledge is applied in real ways. By participating, you are:
- Helping students observe careers in action and test drive a role of interest.
- Providing an opportunity in which students can network with professionals.
- Demonstrating the connections between academics and the workforce.
- Identifying the skills, qualities, training, education and other requirements needed to be successful in a particular career.
- Building community partnerships between schools and businesses.
- Encouraging students to prepare for the transition from college to career.
For UTC Business Students:
UTC Business Students, below you will find a list of companies under your major. Use the company websites to learn more about each company. If you are interested in a job shadow or informational interview with a listed company, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Irene, or someone in the Career Development office, will connect you with a professional in the company of interest who is eager to support you and set up a job shadow and/or informational interview in the near future.
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