Are you a junior or senior looking to explore your career path? Then Alumni job shadow is for you. Co-sponsored by the Career Planning Center and the Alumni Association, the program gives alumni a chance to help fellow Stags explore their field of interest and see how the “real world” works. The fourth annual job shadow program will take place over winter break, January 12-16, 2015.
Students can sign up to be matched with an alumna/us from their career of interest in their hometown. About 200 alumni have volunteered to be matched up with a student for a day, half day, or lunch. Alumni mentors can help students to see firsthand how skills learned in the classroom relate to the workplace. This program benefits students by making valuable alumni connections in their career field as well as exposing them to a unique and up-close look at the world of work.
2014 Matches Included: Clinton Global Initiative, ESPN, Maryland Zoo, Cramer-Krasselt, General Electric, The New York Times, Boston Children’s Hospital, Morgan Stanley, Viacom ,UBS, Simon & Schuster, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Superior Court of New Jersey, The Museum of Modern Art, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Unilever, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Don’t believe me? Here is a testimonial from Giulia Wakim Class of 2014:
As a business major at Fairfield University I learned the importance of networking and taking advantage of every opportunity to interact with business professionals who were willing to share their time, experience and advice. I have always had a passion for real estate, and during my junior year I decided to apply to the Alumni Job Shadow Day Program. I was fortunate to be matched with Alum Bill Crean who works at CBRE-New England, a commercial real estate services firm.
During my winter break I traveled to Boston and spent the day shadowing Bill at his job as Senior Vice President/ Partner of CBRE/NE’s brokerage sector. Bill and I started off the day by attending a market outlook breakfast with his fellow employees, toured downtown office towers with his clients and went to an incredible lunch where I was able to ask him questions about his job and compare our Fairfield experiences. It was so nice to connect with Bill about Fairfield and all of the fun traditions that we shared in common. It just so happened that his beach house senior year was right near mine! I felt so relaxed about asking him questions about the real estate industry because of our Stag bond.
During my visit to CB New England’s headquarters I had an opportunity to pass around my résumé and introduce myself to staff that were in charge of the internship program. Throughout the next couple of months I kept in constant contact with Bill and the staff I’d met and expressed my sincere interest in their company summer internship program. In the spring I was lucky enough to be called in for an interview, and was later admitted into their program and was placed in the Hartford office. During my time as an intern at CB my passion for real estate continued to grow, and I was afforded many opportunities to learn the various branches of the industry i.e. capital markets, brokerage and client services.
When I returned to Fairfield my senior year I began to develop a plan which would help me reach my goal of working in the real estate industry upon graduation. I
frequently visited the career planning center to work on my résumé and connect with more alumni within the industry. Twice a week I would network by calling alumni, their family and even friends who were willing to speak with me about their careers in the industry.
During my fall semester I stayed in contact with Bill and my former colleagues at CB and was asked if I was available to work over my winter break at CB. This opportunity allowed me to develop my skill set, meet more professionals within the real estate industry and strengthen my relationship with the company. As the months went on I continued to network and was brought back for a round of interviews at CB for a full-time research analyst position and landed the job March.
I owe my success to the Job Shadow Program and the strong alumni connections that Fairfield prides itself upon. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and apply to this program, and network, network, network!
For more information or to apply, visit www.fairfield.edu/jobshadowinfo Applications are due November 1, 2014.