Making a decision about one's major or career can be daunting, especially for those majoring in liberal arts fields. By allowing a student to shadow you in your workplace, you can provide a student with firsthand knowledge of that field and the nature of the work. For some Geneseo students participating in the Winter Break Shadow Program, this will be their first experience in a professional work environment. The information and perspectives that you share on your day together will help them make a choice that's right for them.
The primary expectation of a shadow host is to allow your student to observe you and ask questions during a “typical” day in your workplace. If it is possible for you to schedule a particularly interesting task for the day your student will be visiting, their experience will be even more enriching. Students have been told that there may be times when you will be too busy to attend to their presence, and to wait patiently until you are able to again interact with them. They have been told to prepare by researching your field, employer, and job title.
If you are interesting in volunteering to be an alumni shadow host, please click here to register.