“At the end of the day, I’m still a sophomore in college, and I still don’t really know what I’m doing with my life. What I do know, though, is that MarketSmiths added a whole new layer of endless possibilities for me out there. And I’m excited to keep exploring.”
Job Shadowing Information for Sponsors
The program is open to first-year, sophomore, and junior students eager to learn about different industries and roles. Winter Break is extended this year, so “snapshots” will take place from January 4-January 29.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Margaret Schilling ’91, employer development specialist.
How the Program Works
Beginning in November, students who have participated in a Shadowing Orientation Session can go online to a shadowing portal where they search for a sponsor by various categories: career field, location, and/or major in college.
Once the student identifies a sponsor, they send an introductory email to the sponsor to confirm the match and to begin a conversation regarding logistics.
Planning for your SnapShot
We hope you will create a meaningful career-related experience for the student by giving them a few different opportunities to see into your world. You can create an agenda to fill a couple of hours in a single morning or spread a few opportunities out over an entire week -- whatever works for you. Here are some ideas to get you going:
Sample Agenda One -- Single Day SnapShot:
9-9:30: Overview of your career trajectory and current role within the organization
9:30-10:30: Participation in an internal team strategy meeting with other staff
10:30-11: Introduce the student to an entry-level colleague on your team for a virtual coffee
11:15-11:30: Suggest resources and LinkedIn interests to follow for further career exploration
11:30-12: Include the student in an external client call
Sample Agenda Two -- Multi-Day SnapShot:
Monday: Overview of your career trajectory and current role within the organization
Tuesday: Include the student in an external client call
Wednesday: Review and offer feedback on resume and LinkedIn profile
Thursday: Invite your team to discuss different roles in the company with the student
Friday: Provide networking contacts both inside and outside of the Hamilton community
Most students enjoy the opportunity to engage in the work of the organization. Depending on the fit, you might even consider providing a Snap Internship opportunity (5 to 40 hours of work) as a follow up to the Snapshot Shadowing.
Please remember that these students are often at the beginning stages of career exploration and decision making. Try to bring yourself back to that period of your life to remember what level of awareness you had about the world of work. You may want to have a preliminary phone conversation with the student to ask more about career objectives and what the student hopes to learn during the job shadow. Even if your work function does not align exactly with the student’s interests, s/he will benefit from learning about the world of work and what it is like to be in a professional setting.
Winter Break Program
Dec. 1 - Dec. 31 — Student will contact you between these dates to arrange a mutually convenient day for the job shadow to occur.
Jan. 4 - Jan. 29 — Job shadows should take place between these dates at a time that works for you and the student.
Spring Break Program - not available in 2021
Additional information to discuss with your student
Please advise the student about appropriate attire and backgrounds for meeting virtually as well as how they should address your colleagues.
Shadowing not only helped me understand the logistics of each department in children's literature (publicity, editorial, marketing, sales, finance), but I was also able to build connections with staff in each field and get applicable, realistic advice.
Kayah Hodge '21 — creative writing major