How to Set Up a Job Shadow

Here in the Office of Career Management, we’re constantly telling students to set up informational interviews. “They’re so important!” we say. “Do as many as you can!” we say.

But what happens after the informational interview? What if you want to know more? What if there’s a company you’re SO excited about that you just can’t even imagine working anywhere else? But you can’t yet, because you’re a freshman or sophomore and they won’t hire you yet? This is where a job shadow can swoop in and save the day!

By definition, a job shadow is a career exploration activity that offers an opportunity to spend time with a professional currently working in a person’s career field of interest. In other words, that person has the job you want at the company you want it at. You follow?

So to learn more about this particular job (as in, what does this person actually do all day?!?), setting up a job shadow can be an excellent way to see first-hand the duties and responsibilities of this individual, get a scope of the projects they work on, and even take a tour of the company.

The easiest way to initiate a job shadow is to find a professional with whom you would like to shadow and contact them in a professional manner. We recommend first reaching out to our office (The Office of Career Management) to see if any alumni have volunteered to have conversations with students.

From there, LinkedIn is your best bet. Start with OSU alumni in your chosen industry, and try to narrow your list down to 1-3 individuals. Reaching out to professionals in your chosen industry should always be in a professional, courteous manner. A sample email message to initiate the conversation can be found below.

Hello Mr. /Ms. Last Name

My name is Name, and I am currently a [year in school] at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and I am considering [field] as a future career path. After reviewing your LinkedIn profile, I was wondering if you might be willing to let me spend a day observing you so I can learn more about [field].

I would be extremely grateful if you allowed me to quietly observe you for a half day as you go about your usual schedule. If possible, it would be helpful if we also had a short interview toward the end of the shadowing so I could ask you any questions I might have about [field] after observing your activities and actions.
Thank you for considering my request. I will follow up with you in two weeks to answer any questions you may have.
Best regards,
Your Name
See? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
Check out our Informational Interviewing Guide for tons of other helpful tips, questions to ask, and how to prepare for future job shadowing opportunities. Now get out there and meet someone!

Fisher Spring Internship & Job Fair 2015 – Everything You Need to Know!

2015 Fisher Spring Internship and Job Fair
February 3, 2015
2pm – 6PM
The Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballrooms
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THIS YEAR’S FAIR:
  • There is NO admission fee for students
  • Get the OSU Career Fair mobile app to access the Company Major Charts and the Fisher Spring Job and Internship Fair Map now! Booklets with company information will NOT be printed
  • Bring your BuckID, as you will need to swipe to get in
  • $1 per item coat check –  located on first floor across from Station 88

Spring Internship & Job Fair Company Hiring NeedsGet the app!  Download the OSU Career Fair+ mobile app to research companies attending the event along with the majors and job types employers are recruiting.

Log on to FisherConnect to view attending companies and submit your resume before the event. There is no preregistration required; students will register as they arrive at the fair.

Internship & Job Fair Prep Workshops

Wednesday, January 28  12:30-1:30pm  Schoenbaum 315

Thursday, January 29  1:00-2:00pm  Schoenbaum 209

Friday, January 30  2:30-3:30pm Schoenbaum 209

Liberty Mutual Leadership Forum (for Sophomores!)

Liberty Mutual Insurance
Leadership Forum
Sunday, June 21  – Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 The Liberty Mutual Insurance (LMI) Leadership Forum is a three-day externship designed to provide talented college students with exceptional leadership qualities an opportunity to learn about Liberty Mutual and careers in the insurance industry.

What to expect:
Students from diverse backgrounds, representing partnership schools across the country will travel to our corporate headquarters in Boston, MA to participate in workshops and activities geared towards bringing out leadership, team building, communication and negotiation skills.  Participants will have numerous opportunities to network and interact with recent college hires, senior leaders and recruitment professionals.  To see photos from last year’s Leadership Forum, click here.

Career exploration:
In addition, students selected to attend this forum will have an opportunity to interview for a summer internship in a function such as human resources, claims, underwriting, IT or sales the following year.  Summer interns, who perform exceptionally well, may receive a full time employment offer.

To be eligible for the LMI Leadership Forum, you must:

  • Be a current, full-time, undergraduate student in your sophomore year of study.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities on campus or in your community.
  • Have a strong interest in the insurance industry.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

When is the 2015 LMI Leadership Forum?
The LMI Leadership  Forum will take place Sunday, June 21 –Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Boston, MA.  Liberty Mutual will incur all costs for approved travel, lodging and meal expenses.

How to apply?
Applications will be accepted through, April 30.  If you would like to learn more about the opportunity and start the interview process, here’s how to apply:

  • www.libertymutualcampus.com
  • Scroll down and click on “Apply Now”
  • Type in job number 57488  and hit “Search” for jobs
  • Apply to “2015 LMI Leadership Forum Externship”

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at LibertyMutualCampusPrograms@LibertyMutual.com.

Washington Academic Internship Program

Interested in living and working in our nation’s capital while earning a full semester of Ohio State credit? Make the Capital your classroom! Become a John Glenn Fellow with the Washington Academic Internship Program (WAIP).

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WAIP is an Ohio State program that selects outstanding undergraduates from any major to spend a semester in Washington, DC as John Glenn Fellows. Students are placed with internships that reflect their particular areas of academic interest. While in Washington, John Glenn Fellows remain fully registered Ohio State students. Students earn academic credit hours for their internship, the research seminar in which a policy paper is developed, and a course in policymaking in Washington. Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet professionals working in their field while in Washington, allowing them to begin to build a strong network. To learn more, visit the WAIP website, meet the current WAIP fellows, or follow WAIP’s Twitter. The deadline to apply for summer 2015 is January 20, 2015. For more information, watch our website for upcoming on-campus info sessions, or contact the Program Manager, Katy Hogan, at hogan.124@osu.edu.

Site Visit to Sherwin-Williams

On Tuesday, November 11th, a group of 18 students and 2 staff members loaded up onto an OSU bus and headed north for the day. We participated in a corporate site visit for the Sherwin-Williams company.

Here they are, looking super awake at 8:00am on their day off:

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When we first arrived at their headquarters in Downtown Cleveland, we took a few minutes to admire their gorgeous building. It has so much character, and we later learned that each of the countries flag hanging represents over $1.5 million in sales in that particular country. You can find their products in 122 countries currently, but look for them in about 150 countries within the next 5-10 years.

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Inside the office, we were given a tour of the Center of Excellence, which was kind of a mini-museum that discussed the history of the company, how they’re growing (and BOY, are they growing!) and the culture of the company.

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You could definitely tell that Sherwin-Williams is a values-based company. They have immense pride in what they do, and that pride is reflected in each and every employee.

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It was also really interesting to hear about the evolution of the products and services offered by the company, particularly in the last few years. Did you know they are the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States???

This showcase of collectors items was a glimpse into how Sherwin-Williams has been an icon in American culture.

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From the Center, we were treated to lunch (thank you S-W!) where students networked with professionals and each other. Then, we moved into a theater of sorts where our guide, HR Coordinator Desiree Gwynn, had lined up an impressive panel of speakers.

The students were amazed at how many senior-level professionals came to speak with them. The list included Ellen Stephens, VP of Human Resources-Corporate; Susan Keough, VP of Human Resources – Global Supply Chain; Allen Mistysyn, VP – Corporate Controller; and Thomas Liebhardt, Senior VP, Marketing – North America. As you can see, we had a room full of extremely talented, extremely successful individuals, and we hung on every word.

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The other amazing point to note was that for all except one of these folks, they all started out in entry-level roles with the company and worked their way up the ladder. This is an exciting concept, because it shows that not only does Sherwin-Williams have a positive culture that people want to join and stick around, but they promote from within and are committed to the happiness of their employees.

Fun fact: The CEO of Sherwin-Williams, Christopher Connor, is an OSU Alum! GO BUCKS!

Though we wished we could stay longer, at that point, it was time to head back to Columbus. We want to thank Sherwin-Williams, Desiree Gwynn, and the entire team that helped make this day such a success.

If you’re interested in learning more about Sherwin-Williams and their job/internship opportunities, check out their website at http://careers.sherwin-williams.com/jobs/

(Hint: They start posting their summer internships in late February/early March)