The SCAD office of career and alumni success job shadow program provides students with the opportunity to learn more about careers of interest. Through the program, students spend up to a day in a relevant work setting to observe and ask questions. In this work setting, students learn more about job requirements, employer expectations and professionalism. In turn, students can make more informed educational and career decisions.
Why become a job shadow host?
- Meet talented students who matriculate at SCAD
- Mentor a student who is at a crossroads of making important career decisions
- Help students better understand the relationship between their education and the working world
- Assist a student in developing a more suitable career development plan
Job shadow sponsor suggested activities
This list of suggested activities is meant to get you and the student started on how to make this experience meaningful for you both.
- Take the student on a tour of your organization. Show him or her workstations, labs, computer equipment, production area, conference/meeting rooms, etc.
- Provide the student with a set of your organization’s promotional materials and general recruitment materials.
- Watch some of the organization’s marketing and/or training videos. Review the organizational chart if available.
- Bring the student with you to some of your regular meetings so he or she can learn what your job is like and what you do in a “typical” day.
- Schedule some time for the student to conduct an informational interview with you.
Responsibilities of the job shadow host
This is not an exhaustive list, but a starting place to which you and the student can add your own goals and objectives.
- Establish rapport
- Share information about your field
- Offer relevant advice and suggestions about getting into the industry
- Expand the student’s professional network
- Build your network of potential recruits from SCAD
For more information, e-mail the office of career and alumni success or call 912.525.4653.