Career Center


Career Center
315-859-4332 (fax)


Information for Alumni and Parent Shadow Sponsors

Making a career decision can be a daunting task for a student, especially of the liberal arts. By allowing a student to shadow (observe) you in your work place, you can be of tremendous help in providing the "inside" knowledge about your field and the nature of your work needed to make an informed career decision. For many students, this will be their first exposure to a professional work environment and you can be instrumental in demonstrating how to conduct oneself professionally.

Learning goals for students:

  • Increase self-awareness and self-confidence;
  • Learn networking skills and make professional connections/contacts;
  • Learn about a career field of interest and determine if it is a good fit;
  • Become aware of and utilize Career Center resources for exploring careers; and
  • Learn business correspondence and communication etiquette.

Expectations of Shadow Sponsors

  • enable a student to observe you in your work place as you engage in typical activities, and
  • answer questions about your career field and/or position.
    If possible, we hope that you will allow the student to conduct an informational interview with you.

To sign up as a shadow sponsor, please complete our registration form.