My Job Shadow Experience

Written by Adam Bailey, a first-year marketing student, who participated in the Fisher Undergraduate Job Shadow Program over Spring Break 2017

Walking into the office building on the day of my job shadow program, I had no idea what to expect.  I had never participated in any sort of job program before, so it was a brand-new experience for me and I was both excited and a little bit nervous at the same time.  Thankfully, I realized I had nothing to worry about the whole time, because I am happy to say that it was a great experience and something I would recommend to any OSU student looking for a rewarding experience to do over spring break.  Now, I feel as though the best way to describe my experience and everything I learned from it is to first describe what my day was like, in chronological order from when I first stepped foot into the office.  So, lets get right into it!

8:00 am- Bright and early in the morning, fueled by my morning coffee, I arrived in the office and was introduced to all the employees.  The first thing I noticed was the size of the company; in this office location there were only five employees working.  After meeting everyone, we went straight into a meeting with one of their clients.

8:30 am- The company owners and myself then went off to visit another client and to get a tour of their warehouse and talk about details.  This would be a good time to mention that Employment Solutions specializes in providing temporary staff to different manufacturing and distribution companies.  They match employment-seeking individuals with employee-seeking companies that best match their skill sets and preferences.  At the client site, I sat in as they discussed details regarding employee needs and how much they were paying their employees.

10:00 am- I had the pleasure of meeting the Director of Sales for the company.  We chatted for a good while and discussed things ranging from what working in sales is like, what it takes to succeed in sales, and what it is like working for a small, rapidly growing company.  It was very interesting and insightful, and was one of the highlights of my time there.

12:00 pm- The President and I attended a monthly Delaware County Safety Meeting.  Going to this meeting helps the company receive insurance deductions.  It was a neat experience and they even provided us with food.  It was tacos and they were delicious!

1:00 pm- I then accompanied the President as he did a weekly check-in with their satellite corporate office, located in Groveport.  I got to meet and talk to some more awesome employees.

2:00 pm- We then headed to go visit some other client warehouses located next to Rickenbacker Airport.  We toured some facilities and I sat in as they discussed client employee needs and how things were going.  He visits these client sites frequently because it is important to build these face-to-face connections with clients and to build a sense of trust.  Visiting the clients also allows the President to check in on how employees that they have supplied the client with are doing.

3:30 pm- Back at the main office, I was able to watch as people would come in and go through an interview, drug test, and background check at the office.  If they successfully passed these steps, they were then matched with an employer.  It was cool to see how the Employment Solutions team interacted with job-seekers, either over the phone or in person.  Working in the staffing industry can be both stressful and rewarding and I saw both first-hand while I was shadowing.

5:00 pm- After a long, but rewarding, day it was time to head home.  I made sure to say goodbye to everyone in the office and thanked them for letting me shadow them for the day!

Overall, the job shadow program was a great experience and one I would highly recommend to any student looking for a worthwhile experience over spring break.  I look forward to hopefully participating in it next year as I feel I not only gained important advice and insights but also made some great connections as well.  The most important thing to remember when during a job shadow, no matter where it is at, is that it is what you make of it.  What I mean by this is that you get out of the job shadow what you put into it; if you actively participate, ask questions, and have an open mind this will be a very rewarding experience.  For all those students reading this, I have below a list of a few pieces of advice that will help make your job shadow a success:

  1. ASK QUESTIONS- Nothing is worse than that awkward silence, especially when you are at a job shadow. If the conversation stalls, make sure you ask thoughtful questions to get the conversation started again.  Obviously, there does not have to be a conversation going on at every minute of the shadow, but it is important to keep engaged and to be asking questions that show you are interested and want to learn more.  The questions do not have to overly complicated either, just something to get the ball rolling.
  2. REFRAIN FROM PHONE USE- Unless it is necessary or you are requested to use your phone, it can wait! It is disrespectful to the person you are shadowing, as it is their generous choice to let you come in and shadow.  Never take it out when you are in a conversation, or if you are in a group.  Instead, talk and engage.
  3. MEET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE- Always be open to meeting new people at the job shadow, and be sure to introduce yourself with a firm handshake. Also, if possible get business cards or other contact information from the people you meet; this expands your network and allows you to be able to contact this people later.
  4. HAVE FUN- These job shadows should be an enjoyable experience, and one that you look forward to doing. Always keep a smile on your face and be positive, no matter what happens.  Remember, nobody likes a grouch!

Thank you for taking the time to read about my experience at my job shadow program!  I hope it was both informative and interesting to read.  I hope you consider doing the job shadow program and if you have any further questions feel free to contact me!

– Adam at bailey.1251@buckeyemail.osu.edu

 

The Benefits of a Winter Internship for Accounting Students

Hello everyone! My name is Kyle Haynam, I am a third year accounting student at The Fisher College of Business. For the past 8 weeks, I have been an intern for EY working on the assurance service line. Yes, that means instead of going to class Monday-Friday, doing homework, or taking exams, I was dressing in business casual attire and gaining work experience during the busiest time of the year for public accounting firms. I am here to tell you how valuable this experience has been, and to suggest that every accounting student consider doing a winter internship at some point before they graduate.

As a winter intern, I always had something to do. The seniors on each of my engagements did a wonderful job of keeping me busy, but also giving me tasks that were essential to the audit. You are not expected to know everything about accounting, so you will be given tasks accordingly. What is important though is that you do everything to the best of your ability. The best way to have success is to take everything you are given with an open-mind, and to do everything with confidence.

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One of the coolest things about my internship was that I had the opportunity to travel. For the first half of the internship, I got a feel for what is was like to be out of town and stay in a hotel for most days of the week. As a result, I was able to bond with my colleagues on our out of town trips. I had always thought that I liked to travel, and I was able to confirm that belief.

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One of the greatest perks of a winter internship is the opportunity to make money! I have not mentioned it yet, but a trade-off of doing a winter internship is that you will be working longer hours than at other times during the year. But this means you have the chance to earn overtime pay. And I think we all know that overtime=more money in the bank. This is a trade-off I would take every time.

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A winter internship is only the beginning of what can be a very rewarding career in accounting. You receive exposure to the profession at the busiest time of the year, you work on tasks that are meaningful, you have the opportunity to travel and bond with your colleagues, and you get to do all of that while putting a few extra bucks in your pocket!! I wish you all the best!

Making the Most of Fall Break

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
William Penn

Fall Break is officially here and many of you are rejoicing at the fact that the last few weeks of midterms and final exams are finally behind you!

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Fall Break is a time to relax and rejuvenate, but it provides a nice break in your schedule to focus on your career development.  The Office of Career Management has a few ideas on how to use that precious time wisely …

 If you’re deciding on which specialization and/or career path to pursue, the halfway mark of the semester is a great time to reflect on your experiences so far!  Think about your classes, extracurricular activities, and your work experiences.  What do you like about them?  What skills are you developing?  How are you thriving in these situations?  What do you find challenging?   After reflecting on these experiences, take some time to review our Explore Careers PowerPoints to learn more about the Fisher specializations and see how your skill sets and interests align with the different career paths.

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If you have an idea of what type of career path you would like to pursue, Fall Break is a perfect opportunity to start networking.  Have you been putting off creating that LinkedIn profile?  Review our LinkedIn Checklist and get started this weekend!  Already have a LinkedIn profile?  Start connecting with family, friends, alumni, professors, staff, recruiters, and your classmates!  If you’re visiting with family or friends over break, take advantage of that time to conduct a few informational interviews to learn more about your inner circle’s career paths.  Find out how to coordinate these experiences by reviewing our Networking & Informational Interviewing Handout.  Also, take this opportunity to create your AlumniFire profile!  Alumnifire is a new online professional networking and mentoring tool for Ohio State alumni, students and staff to exchange industry expertise and career advice. There are already over 1000 Buckeye alumni active on this site and interested in helping you with your career development.

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As an upperclassmen, you might be in the process of interviewing and evaluating internship or full-time offers.  Take this break from the chaos of school and campus life to reflect on your priorities throughout this search.  Use our Evaluating and Negotiating Offers Handout to help you with this process.

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Lastly, the Office of Career Management will remain open throughout Fall Break from 8 am – 5 pm Thursday and Friday.  If you’re sticking around campus, feel free to schedule an appointment with us!

What are you Plans for this Summer?

Written by Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation and Programs, Sarah Steenrod

As the academic year winds down, it is likely that college students around the world are being asked, “What are your plans for this summer?”

Interning at your dream company?

Taking classes?

Studying abroad?

Feeling speechless because you have no idea?

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If this question makes you cringe, it might mean that you don’t…yet…know what you’ll be up to this summer. The good news is you are in control of how you spend your time this summer and there is still time to make a plan to make the most of it!


Conduct Informational Interviews – Reach out to family, friends, or alumni from your university who work at a company/organization of interest to you and set up a time to talk with them about their work, their company, or their city. This is a great way to network and people love to talk about themselves. People also like to help college students because it give them a chance to “pay it forward,” so do as much of this as you can while you’re still a student. LinkedIn is a great resource for expanding your network – www.linkedin.com/alumni


Get Experience – While many students put pressure on themselves to get an internship as early as freshman or sophomore year, most companies target juniors for their internship programs. While you may not land an internship, there are so many opportunities to develop transferable skills through more traditional jobs. For example, being a server in a restaurant may help you develop strong customer service or communication skills and working as a camp counselor may help you develop teamwork or problem solving skills. It is important to value your experiences and be ready to tell potential employers how you can add value to their company based on your experience from previous employment.


Develop a Skill – Perhaps you’ve been meaning to learn some new Excel formulas, get familiar with a social media platform, or brush up on a foreign language. Summer is a great time to focus on the things you have been putting off.

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Be Strategic – Many students want to work for large companies or organizations after graduation, but they don’t always think of ways to get insights into the company. For example, if a student is interested in a career with L Brands, it could be very beneficial for them to get some in-store experience at Bath & Body Works. This would be a great way to show that you understand the company culture and the customers in an interview.


Volunteer – Approach volunteer opportunities as if you’re applying for your dream job. Write a personalized cover letter and send it along with your resume to local organizations and offer your help. Even if you don’t land a gig in the marketing department, you never know how much you may gain (both personally and professionally) from the experience of giving back.


Do Something that Makes You Interesting – What do you like to do for fun? What would you enjoy talking to people about in a casual setting? Training for a half-marathon, learning a new instrument, perfecting your cooking skills, or taking a cross country trip? The opportunities are endless, but you are the only person who can decide what makes you interesting.

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Read – “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

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Best of luck making your summer a meaningful and memorable one. Hopefully when you head back to school in the fall and someone asks, “What did you do this summer?” you will have plenty to talk about!