Cameron University is offering community employers a unique opportunity to help students experience an up-close look at a “day in the life” of a professional during the Fourth Annual CU Take An Aggie To Work Job Shadow Program, slated for Groundhog Day, February 2, 2012. Through the job shadow experience, students will have the opportunity to spend a half day in a relevant work setting in order to observe and ask questions. As a “shadow,” students can learn more about job requirements, employer expectations and professionalism. In turn, the program gives job shadow sponsors an opportunity to meet and mentor CU’s talented students. Companies who are interested in hosting students – either individually or in groups of two or three – for this half-day learning experience are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Development via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 581-2209.
“Job shadowing gives students the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at a profession they are interested in,” says Jacob Johnson, Career Services Coordinator. “In addition, the program allows professionals who are passionate about their chosen profession to mentor students who may be looking for guidance in determining their own career path.”
This will mark the fourth year of Cameron’s job shadow program. Previous student participants have indicated that shadowing a professional in the workplace has been beneficial. “I learned that I have made the correct choice on the area of study to focus on,” said one student in a follow-up survey. Another said, “The job shadow experience helped me a great deal in the decision to pursue the career path.”
“Participating in Cameron’s job shadow program is one way business leaders in the Lawton Fort Sill community give back to the community,” says Johnson. “They understand the value of mentoring students who will one day become business leaders themselves.”
December 9, 2011