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Updates for the 2017-2018 Job Shadow Program

The Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program is a unique way for you to connect with employers. It’s rare that you get to spend the better part of a day learning about a specific company or industry on-site and meeting a variety of company representatives. Also noteworthy? Typically in the world of recruitment, the employer chooses you. With job shadow, so long as you match the event’s criteria and can transport yourself to the event, YOU get to decide what employers you would like to visit. Last year, ~80% of employers participating in job shadow stated that they used the program as a recruitment tool. So it’s very possible that your time spent developing insights and connections at the shadow could lead to future employment. Now that I’ve sold you on why you should participate, I’m going to break down the major changes for the 2017-2018 program. 

Change #1:  A larger variety of dates is being offered. In the past, the one day job shadow events were consolidated over Ohio State’s spring break week. While this was convenient for some students, many wanted to participate but had alternate plans. Additionally with so many companies having events on the same dates, on any given day of spring break there were 10-20 job shadows happening. This made it challenging for students to decide which ones to select. After careful consideration, ECS opted to offer one day job shadows throughout the entire fall and spring semesters—typically on Fridays. There are also options during Fall Break as well as during Winter Break. Our hope is that by offering more date options, more students will be able to participate. 

Change #2:  Sign-up process is simplified. Previously, job shadows were advertised similarly to how on-campus recruitment opportunities are—in CareerEngine. This led to confusion…is this an on-campus interview? Is this a job shadow? Am I actually signed up? You get the idea. In order to reduce confusion, ECS will now advertise job shadows via email ONLY to students who meet the eligibility requirements. If you get the email and want to sign up, simply come to ECS (199 Hitchcock Hall), sign the liability form, and receive the job shadow information (company address, where to park, what to wear, agenda for the day, etc.). 

Change #3:  A reduction in emails being sent out. Having 500+ job shadow spots available over Spring Break is amazing! But it’s also difficult to advertise. Many emails were sent out in previous years trying to notify students of all of their options. With an easier sign-up process, we are drastically reducing the amount of outreach we are sending out since there will only be 1-2 companies doing job shadows each week. 

As always—ECS is striving to provide optimal processes and quality programs to enhance your job search experience. We hope that you find the changes to this year’s job shadow program to be an improvement. As one mechanical engineering student put it last year:  “Job shadow was great, I learned more about what I do in my career over those three days than two years of college.”  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity! 

“Probably some of the best things that have ever happened to you in life, happened because you said yes to something. Otherwise things just sort of stay the same.” - Danny Wallace

About the author

Rachel Kaschner

Rachel Kaschner is the Assistant Director at Engineering Career Services.