Winter Break Alumni Shadow Program

Expectations for behavior

Committing to participate in the Alumni Shadow Program must be taken seriously.  Once you return your Preferences Form to the Department of Career Development indicating the alumni that you would like to shadow, you have made a commitment that will impact that alum's own schedule for the week of January 11-15, 2016.  If an emergency occurs and you absolutely cannot follow through, you must contact your alumni host at least several days prior to your scheduled shadowing date to apologize and let them know. You are expected to behave courteously and professionally if you choose to participate, which includes preparing ahead of time by researching the alum, their employer, and their field.

Prior to shadowing:

  • Send an e-mail to your host upon notification that you have been matched to arrange a mutually convenient day between Jan. 11-15, 2016 for your shadowing experience.  Be professional and grateful in your correspondence.
  • Get directions from your shadow host and make sure you know where you are going.
  • Research your host's career field and their particular employer. Review the organization's website so that you can ask thoughtful questions.

The day of shadowing:

  • Conduct yourself professionally at all times. Remember that you are representing not only yourself, but SUNY Geneseo. Treat everyone you encounter with courtesy and respect.
  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes early; allow extra time to get to the site. Bring photo identification in case it is needed, money for transportation and/or lunch, an updated copy of your resume, and a laptop or something to write on (to record your shadowing activities).
  • Greet your shadow sponsor professionally:  smile, make good eye contact, offer a firm handshake, and introduce yourself.
  • Respect the fact that your shadow host has work to do and may not be able to engage with you non-stop. Take your cues from him/her as to when it is convenient to ask questions.
  • Ask for business cards from those with whom you talk with for any length of time. This will be helpful for writing thank-you notes later, as well as for future networking purposes.
  • At the conclusion of the shadowing experience, thank your host and anyone who was helpful to you during your day. Shake your host’s hand before you leave.

After shadowing:

  • Send a thank-you note to your shadow host and anyone at the work site who was particularly helpful. The note may be hand-written or sent by e-mail.
  • Complete the post-shadowing questionnaire, which will receive from the Career Office. This will guide us in making make improvements to the program next year.
  • Plan to follow up/stay in touch with your shadow host as he/she is now in your "network" of professional contacts!