WCU Shadows: Connecting Students & Alumni

Are you interested in helping a WCU student plan for their future

If you answered yes, then you’re invited to participate in WCU Shadows! This program, which is co-sponsored by the Twardowski Career Development Center and the Office of Alumni Relations, provides students with an opportunity to learn about their potential career paths by shadowing alumni. Hosting a job shadow experience provides you with the opportunity to volunteer for your alma mater in a very unique and personal way. 

Why is this program important?  

  • Exploring careers is an important part of a student’s professional development, and job shadowing is an excellent way for students to spend “a day in the life” of professionals.
  • Through this program, students can gain insight and information related to job skills, responsibilities, environments, networking, training, and much more.
  • A job-shadowing opportunity helps to provide students with a realistic understanding of the world of employment while guiding them in their career decision-making process. 

What does job shadowing mean? 

  • A one-day experience for students hosted by an alumnus at their workplace during WCU’s winter or spring break.
  • An opportunity for a second-year student to be immersed in the host’s daily activities in order to gain a greater understanding of a career field they are interested in pursuing.
  • A non-paid learning experience for which students provide their own transportation and housing. 

What should I plan for my student? 

  • Activities that expose them to the workplace environment, your workload, and a realistic look into your career.
  • Conversations in which you share your expertise and passion for your field.
  • An invitation to attend meetings, tour your workplace, and visit with colleagues and clients.
  • Involvement in your work, which can help them evaluate whether this may be a potential career for them as well as (potentially) add to their professional portfolio.  

Why do students participate? 

  • To gain a realistic understanding of and learn more about the daily activities of a specific occupation.
  • To explore career options within their major, or within majors they are highly interested in pursuing.
  • To ask questions, gather information, and seek advice from their host and other experts.
  • To plan for future courses and internships. 

Am I eligible to host a student? 

  • Hosts can be from any class year, as long as they are in a position to assemble an itinerary of experiences for the student that would provide a real-world look into their specific career field.
  • Hosts are sought from a wide variety of industries and geographical locations. 

How can I volunteer to host a student?  


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