Job Shadow Program

Job Shadow Day at Wells Fargo

Sophomore Yessenia Carlos spent her Job Shadow Day at Wells Fargo and saw how dedication and hard work will help her achieve her career goals.

At what company or organization did your job shadow take place?

I job-shadowed at Wells Fargo in Portland, Oregon. I was on the 22nd floor where the executives meet. The room had a great view of Portland, especially way high up.

How did you prepare for the job shadow day?

I took all the advice Chris gave us during the dress rehearsal workshop, the advice from the online training modules (what questions to ask, how to dress, what to somewhat expect), and knowledge I have gained from past experience (how to make good first impressions, how to introduce yourself well, etc.).

What did you do during your day at the company?

During my job shadow I did a wide range of activities. In the morning we had bagels and introductions of the hosts, a recruiter, a store manager, and the district manager. After the introductions, we received more background information about Wells Fargo; how it began, what the mission is, where they would like to go in the future, and the many opportunities Wells Fargo offers. After lunch with the Wells Fargo District Manager, Michelle Arguas, we met more team members including a finance analyst, finance managers, and marketing consultants. We gained information about the paths they took and advice they had for us. Toward the end of the event we were encouraged to ask questions like what advice they had for sophomore students, what I can do now to prepare myself for the future, etc. After closing remarks, we received many business cards, handshakes, and lifelong connections.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

My most memorable moment was being able to meet the district manager and hear her story. She started off as a drive-through attendant at Wells Fargo. To see how far she has come along, it inspires me. At first it might seem that I will never get to my desired place, but I will get there with motivation and hard work. I might be a Burger King cashier now, but give me a few more years, hard work, and dedication, and I will reach my goals. Then I can look back and be pleased with my journey.

What surprised you about the day?

I was surprised to hear how different every individual’s journey was. Some started out not planning on becoming a marketing agent, others had different paths they were going to take, but with the many experiences and knowledge you gain throughout life, you start to realize where you fit in. I am excited to see where my journey takes me. So far, I have taken many unexpected turns, but honestly, it has led me to a life where I am working toward a goal I’ve never thought I could accomplish. Now, I’m closer than I was five years ago.

How do you think participation in the Job Shadow Program will benefit your career?

I’ve gained so much knowledge through learning about the different opportunities you will find throughout your journey, the many connections you gain, and the advice you receive. Knowing all that I know now, I have a better idea of what I want in a career, where I am going to get what I want, how I am going to get there, who can help me, and why I want it. As of now, I know I want to receive a degree in business with the help of my business advisors and my dedication. I want to do what I enjoy doing while inspiring others to work toward their goals, regardless of where they began.

What would you tell someone else who was thinking about participating in the program?

Sign up now before you change your mind. Job shadowing is not only following a professional around while they work. You gain advice, a look at what you might do in the future, and connections. Most importantly, you figure out the what, who, how, and why of your chosen career. You get a step forward into the game, something no one will regret having in this competitive environment.

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Job Shadow Day at Intel

Pre-business student Dan Rucker spent his Job Shadow day exploring the world of corporate finance at Intel.

How did you prepare for the job shadow day?
I went over questions to ask them as well as questions I needed to be ready to respond to.

What did you do during your day at the company?
I got to listen in on a few conference calls and see what my job shadow sponsor worked on during an average day. I also had one-on-ones with many of her coworkers to ask questions about their experiences and job functions

What was the most memorable part of the day?
The last conference call that I was able to sit in on.  I finally started to understand some of their terminology of the business and followed what was going on and got excited because I could see myself doing something very similar someday.

What surprised you about the day?
I was surprised with how much of the job included discussions with other people. As for the entire experience I was surprised about how relaxed it was and how everyone was willing to talk about their job.

How do you think participation in the Job Shadow Program will benefit your career?
It was an amazing opportunity to help me determine if I wanted to go into corporate finance and (hopefully) gave me an advantage in applying to an internship when I am junior.

What would you tell someone else who was thinking about participating in the program?
I would tell them to have lots of questions prepared and always be confident and professional.  They were really willing to answer any question and just wanted to help me.  Just stay calm and try to avoid awkward silence by having conversations in professional and a more personal aspect.

 

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Diving into a day at bell+funk

Anna Seydel explored her interest in marketing by spending a day at Eugene-based boutique marketing agency bell+funk. Read on for the story of her day there.

During spring break of my sophomore year, I job shadowed at bell+funk. bell+funk is a small marketing agency located in the heart of downtown Eugene. To prepare for my job shadow, I researched the company and participated in the dress rehearsal put on by the Job Shadow Program. At the dress rehearsal, we discussed what we could do to gain the most from our experience. This included dressing correctly, giving a strong handshake, and asking the right questions.

During my job shadow, I had the opportunity to work on a marketing campaign for the Kiva in downtown Eugene. We walked to the store to learn more about their goals and target market. We then worked on creating advertisements that would be displayed on Facebook.

The most memorable part of my day was having the opportunity to talk to the entire team about their roles and how they decided to go into marketing. The conversation was extremely relaxed and it was easy to talk to all of the professionals about what they do and how they got there. What surprised me was the mix of majors among the team. Some had graduated in Business, as I expected, but others had graduated with degrees in Journalism, which was something I hadn’t considered.

By participating in the Job Shadow Program, I learned that I have a greater interest in making advertisements than I do in general marketing.  For this reason I’ve decided to explore my interest in advertising more within the University. Without the Job Shadow Program, I never would have realized this interest or have even considered working at a marketing or advertising agency as a career path.

It is for this reason that I would highly recommend the Job Shadow Program to anyone who has the opportunity to participate. Even if you think that you know exactly what you want to do, this is one of the few opportunities available to experience a job for a day. This program gives you the opportunity to receive an inside look at your field of interest and the chance to learn from professionals within the business world. There are a wide variety of fields and companies available to job shadow with, so there really is something for everyone.

—Anna Seydel

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Shadowing Marketing Group DriveMG

Pre-business student Katie Breeden spent the day at DriveMG, a Portland-based marketing group whose clients include Nike, Intel, and NerdDeck.

How did you prepare for the job shadow day?
I went to the Career Center and looked at the pamphlets they offer, specifically the one about interviews. Obviously this isn’t a job interview, but I thought it would be good to look at since the job shadow was also an informational interview. Earlier in the year I went to the Student Alumni Association’s Business Etiquette Dinner that taught me more about proper attire, manners, etc. The Job Shadow Dress Rehearsal was very informative as well.

What did you do during your day at the company?
During my job shadow I had the opportunity to do many things. Firstly I got to sit in on a video conference meeting with Eric, the founder and CEO; Anna, one of the accounts managers; and Chandler, the chief strategist. Secondly I got to sit down with Kalina, the chief of motion graphics design and hear about the projects that she’s been involved in with Drive. Because the company has eight members I was able to get a good idea of the company culture and everybody’s responsibilities and job overviews.  Lastly I sat down with Eric and discussed his entrepreneurial endeavors and how he’s gotten to where he is today.

What was the most memorable part of the day?
Getting the chance to sit down and hear Eric’s story and ask my own questions about the lessons he’s learned was the most memorable part of the day. I came away with a lot of good advice and information.

What surprised you about the day?
I didn’t know much about DriveMG before the Job Shadow day. I had done all the research I could, but there just wasn’t very much out there about the company and so I didn’t know if I was going into some big corporate entity or a small company. I learned about what it’s like to be part of a small company, and I found that I really like the environment and culture of a small business.

How do you think participation in the Job Shadow Program will benefit your career?
I was able to learn about a career path that I’m very interested in and do lots of self-analysis on what I’m looking for within this path. Being able to articulate my own wants and needs is very important and this career exploration got me thinking about how I can best position myself as a college student, and later, a grad.

What would you tell someone else who was thinking about participating in the program?
Do it, but commit 100 percent to it because you will reap the benefits of the program if you really sit down and do the activities that are assigned. If you happen to go above and beyond, then you’re doing even more to help yourself. Likewise, if you only go through the motions, you won’t learn much from the experience. Read up as much as you can about the companies that are available because you may think you know what you want to do, but this is an environment where it’s safe to take moderate risks and do something out of your comfort zone.

—Katie Breeden

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My Day with the Portland Timbers & Thorns

Accounting major Tyler Kucera spent the day shadowing the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns soccer teams.

How did you prepare for the job shadow day?
I prepared for the day by researching what kind of culture and business practices surround a sports franchise, and I used that to generate questions in my head that I thought would be appropriate for those who I worked with on my job shadow day.

What did you do during your day at the company?
We first were given an introduction presentation of the franchise as a whole by the VP of Finance and one of their interns. We then got a tour of the Providence Park Stadium and their offices and departments. They set up a lunch for us after that, and during that lunch they brought in a panel of department heads to have a Q&A with, that was probably a good portion of our afternoon. The remaining time they assigned each of us to go to a department specific to our major/area of interest. I ended up in the finance office working with their Senior Accountant.

What was the most memorable part of the day?
The most memorable part of my day was the Q&A at lunch because they seemed to genuinely want to answer our questions, and they weren’t just there because someone told them they had to attend it. Also working with their Senior accountant was memorable to me because I wasn’t sure if my accounting course work would be easily applicable in the real world, but seeing the work that he did it gave me confidence that it was something I could do moving forward.

What surprised you about the day?
What surprised me what how laid back they were. I was expecting a growing franchise like the Timbers would be a hectic place, but they were all very laid back and relaxed. I thought this would be especially true since they are currently in season. Again, I was pleasantly surprised at how willing the employees were to help us out and answer any questions we had.

How do you think participation in the Job Shadow Program will benefit your career?
It will benefit me because I think now I know what to expect of an accounting position as well as knowing what kind of environment I want to work in. The day went by so fast, it didn’t just drag on. That tells me that there was something good about working somewhere similar to them, so that is something I will pursue.

What would you tell someone else who was thinking about participating in the program?
I would tell them that they should do it. It was a great experience and it only takes one day out of your academic break. When you think of a job shadow you think of actual work, well the job shadow was actually a lot of fun. It doesn’t take much time but it can have a big impact on what career decisions you’re going to make down the road.

— Tyler Kucera

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Job Shadow Day at KPMG

At what company did your job shadow experience take place?

The KPMG office in Portland, Oregon.

How did you prepare for the job shadow day?

The Job Shadow Module and Dress Rehearsal Event prepared me well enough for the Job Shadow Day. In fact, I might have overprepared. This is because the Job Shadow day was way less formal than I expected.

What did you do during your day at the company?

Our day divided into three parts:

  1. After I arrived, April, the campus recruiter, gave us a brief introduction to KPMG. She told us what do they do, what kind of students are they looking for when recruiting, and how should we prepare for the interview. Then, she gave us a company tour.
  2. After the tour, we were delivered to the tax department so we could observe what tax guys do during a typical day. We had one and a half hours together, and it took place at their working desk. In addition, it was one-to-one conversational style, and it was very informal. Based on my personal experience, my buddy showed me several kinds of software he uses every day, and explained what the general working process is. Then I asked questions based on his explanation.
  3. Last, we went to KPMG’s client site to meet an Audit team. My site was Serena Software Company. Unlike the tax department, this was a one-to-many conversational style, and it was also very informal. First, we had lunch together. After the lunch, we went to their working place, then it was just like it was in the Tax Department: they explained their work to me, and I asked questions. This portion was about three hours.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

For me, everything was memorable. That is because this is the first time I have met and talked to a CPA. They answered all the questions I had, and let me understand which career path I should take after graduate.

What surprised you about the day?

First, I was not expecting the dress code for Big Four to be business causal.

Second, April told us what they value most when recruiting, and this gave me an edge when compared to other who did not participate this Job Shadow Program.

Third, the whole process was very informal.

What would you tell someone else who was thinking about participating in the program?

  1. Prepare questions ahead of time.
  2. This is an amazing opportunity to see what your future career like, and how you should prepare for it.
  3. It is also a great opportunity to network with your future company.

What did I learn from this program?

  1. I learned what the differences between Audit and Tax is.
  2. I learned what I should prepare.
  3. I learned who the company are looking for.
  4. The most important is I found all the answers to my questions I had about the Big Four.

Minghua (Carson) Li ’15

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Job Shadow at Daimler Trucks North America

At what company did your job shadow experience take place?
Daimler Trucks North America

How did you prepare for the job shadow day?
With the modules, dress rehearsal, and talking with the company at the Business Connect event in the early Fall.

What did you do during your day at the company?
My job shadow was a 3-day one. I shadowed the HR department, and over the three days we learned all about the organization, how the departments are interconnected, and where Daimler is headed in the future.

What was the most memorable part of the day?
My most memorable experience was when I sat down with the HR recruiter and saw real submitted resumes and applications. From there, I learned first-hand what a recruiter is looking for.

What surprised you about the day?
I was surprised that almost every employee I talked to said that Daimler is on a path of changing the company culture from being bureaucratic to a more open and laid-back feel.

What would you tell someone else who was thinking about participating in the program?
I would say that it is a great opportunity to see first hand whether a particular industry, organization, or department is a good fit for you. I learned so much from what I want in those three days, and it was very helpful in determining what I am looking for in the future as I mold my career path.

—Ana Pena ’15

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Job Shadow Program - Student Experience

Job Shadow Day at Drive Marketing Group

I spent the day at Drive Marketing Group in Portland, Oregon. In preparation for my job shadow I visited their website and their Twitter feed as well as seeing what else I could find on the Internet. They didn’t have a lot of information up because they are a small company that is still growing. This is exactly what I wanted and I could tell that the environment was very laid-back and friendly from their Twitter feed. The owner reached out to me over email and was willing to help with any questions I had.

My day at Drive was not structured but it was authentic. I arrived in the morning and sat down with the owner to go over what the company does exactly and how each of the employees contribute to the projects. They work with a wide array of companies including Intel doing outreach and helping to make them household names. Many times this involves putting a company name or symbol on an item that people will keep around. This includes things like pens, skateboards, notepads and phone accessories. There is no one thing that works every time and many things are dependent on budget and time.

During my day at the company I met all the employees and learned about what they each did, I talked to the owner and learned about the company as a whole, and went to the store. It was a little bit of a surprise to go to Fred Meyer but it was what they do on a normal day. They got a Keurig and ordered pizza for lunch. I really liked the comfortable feel and creative atmosphere. I could tell that everyone working there was excited about what they did and were all friends. I am not sure if that is what it would be like in a bigger company but I am glad that I got to see a small-scale organization.

For anyone thinking about participating in the program I would definitely recommend it. It was really good for me to get to know what the workplace feels like and realize little things that I normally wouldn’t have thought about like the fact that they are moving their office as they grow. It is an obvious change but not something that would be at the forefront of my mind.  I would definitely encourage others to make sure they do their research and in this experience, you get out what you put in.

—Rebecca Kistler ’15

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