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Career Shadowing Program (CSP)

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Please contact Rachel Rucker with any questions.

The Career Shadowing Program (CSP) is an unpaid, one-day experience during which current Texas BBA students are exposed to a professional business environment. Through participation, students will observe first-hand an organization’s culture and experience operations in an area of interest. Shadowing allows a student to walk through a typical day with a working professional and get a sneak peek into various careers paths and positions therein. The career shadowing experience is designed specifically for Texas BBA students who have not yet completed a professional internship.

About the BBA Career Shadowing Program (CSP)

The BBA Career Shadowing Program’s overall purpose is to increase career and industry awareness. Participants have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of connecting a major to a career. Participants are able to network with business professionals, observe operations, and experience an organization’s culture. The program promotes a learning environment by linking working professionals to students and assisting students in making decisions regarding their career. This allows students to gather information on organizations, industries, and careers.

What to Expect

  • Participants will have the opportunity to observe a working professional in their environment to gain a better understanding of business processes. Shadowing in different areas could open up new interests for students.
  • Students will have the opportunity to explore different career fields and industries which can help clarify future career interests and help to start building relationships with working professionals. Also, meeting with people from different divisions can help students narrow down what roles appeal to them.
  • Career shadowing helps to connect students with potential mentors in a chosen field.  
  • Networking opportunities within industry/company; potentially with young professionals and recent alumni
  • Participants are introduced to real word experiences through which they can learn personal experiences from recent alumni.
  • During career shadowing, students can learn about options for career development and leadership opportunities within an organization. Students can hear firsthand what future aspirations professionals have in those positions.
  • Students will have the opportunity to put academic learning into practice.
  • Participants will be able to obtain company insight to help better prepare for the interviewing process.
  • Career shadowing gives participants the opportunity to conduct informal interviews with those whom they are shadowing for the day. Asking questions, including questions which aren’t specifically related to a position, can help students gain a better understanding of what is expected of them after graduating from college.

Career Shadowing Applications

The Career Shadowing Program targets undeclared freshman and transfer students. There are limited spots available to current Texas BBA students who are not eligible for graduation within the next two semesters. The spring application is now open. Please contact Rachel Rucker with any questions.

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Altria (Austin) Application Deadline: Monday, February 9, 2015
  • Aon (The Woodlands) Application Deadline: Monday, February 16, 2015
  • ConocoPhillips (Houston) Application Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2015
  • Phillips66 (Houston) Application Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2015
  • Protiviti (Dallas & Houston) Application Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015
  • USAA (San Antonio) Application Deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring 2015 Employer Participants

Altria (Austin) - Friday, February 20

Altria Group is the parent company of Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company and John Middleton. Altria’s Mission is to own and develop financially disciplined businesses that are leaders in responsibly providing adult tobacco and wine consumers with superior branded products.  Altria Group Distribution Company (AGDC) has the unique capacity to provide Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco and John Middleton with essential merchandising, sales and distribution services through one centralized source.

Positions recruited:  Brand Management Internship; Summer Sales Internship; Territory Sales Manager

Aon (The Woodlands) - Friday, February 27

Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 66,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world’s best broker, best insurance intermediary, best reinsurance intermediary, best captives manager, and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources.

Positions recruited:  Account Specialist; Business Delivery Specialist; Workday Configuration Specialist; Set up Configuration Specialist

ConocoPhillips (Houston) - Friday, March 20

ConocoPhillips has a time-honored tradition of placing safety, health and environmental stewardship at the top of our operating priorities. This will not change as we move forward as an independent company. Our technical capability, asset quality and scale, and financial strength are unmatched among independent upstream companies and uniquely position us to compete anywhere in the world.
While North America is our home and provides the majority of our production, we are active in almost 30 countries and in a wide range of geologic and geographic settings, including some of the world’s most challenging areas. From the frozen Arctic to the arid desert, we have a proven track record of responsibly and efficiently exploring for and producing oil and natural gas.

Positions recruited: Analyst, Accounting/Finance; Accounting/Finance Intern; Intern, Information Technology; Full Time Information Technology; Intern Supply Chain

Phillips66 - Friday, March 27

Built on more than 130 years of experience, Phillips 66 is a growing energy manufacturing and logistics company with high-performing Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses. This integrated portfolio enables Phillips 66 to capture opportunities in the changing energy landscape. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 13,500 employees who are committed to operating excellence and safety. Phillips 66 had $51 billion of assets as of June 30, 2014.

Positions recruited: US Marketing – University Intern

Protiviti - Friday, April 17

Protiviti is a leading global consulting firm that helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit. Our philosophy is simple: We hire the very best people. We foster an environment that inspires our people to think creatively and to excel as professionals from the very start of their careers. A Protiviti career is about providing inspiration to lead, learn, grow and make a difference.

Positions recruited: Process Intern; Technology Consultant; Technology Intern

USAA - Friday, April 24

A member-owned Fortune 500 company, USAA owns and manages more than $65 billion in assets. The association is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with offices throughout the United States and Europe. USAA's dedication to member needs and service helps set high standards for excellence in the financial services industry. Even with the financial strength of the USAA membership behind you and your financial future, there's something even stronger: The absolute care and attention we give to helping each and every member. Our Mission The mission of USAA is to facilitate the financial security of its members, associates and their families through provision of a full range of highly competitive financial products and services; in so doing USAA seeks to be the provider of choice for the military community. Convenient Access Members can access their USAA accounts by phone, fax, mail and the Internet. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, the association also has office locations throughout the United States and Europe. Joining USAA Certain eligibility requirements must be met to apply for coverages from the USAA group of property and casualty insurance companies. The USAA Educational Foundation The USAA Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers consumer information on a variety of topics including personal financial management, safety and quality of life.

Positions recruited:  IT College Hire; IT Intern

How to Prepare for the Career Shadowing Program (CSP)

Before the Program

  • Attend a required CSP orientation to obtain necessary information about requirements, as well as meet other students who will be participating.
  • Research the company.
  • Meet with your Career Advisor or Peer Career Advisor to review your resume.
  • If representatives are known before meeting, reach out to them (via email) before your visit to establish connection or introduce yourself.
  • Plan out questions.
  • Review daily agenda if applicable.
  • Plan transportation and map out route if necessary.
  • Arrive to the employer site early.

During the Program

  • Dress professionally.
  • Ask lots of thoughtful questions.
  • Observe projects or daily tasks.

After the Program

  • Write follow up report.
  • Fill out a program evaluation.
  • Send a follow up thank you note.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be interviewed by an employer if I participate in the program?

No, but this is a great opportunity to network and do an informational interview while onsite.

Will participation in the Career Shadowing Program lead to an internship or FT position?

Not necessarily. This is a great way to meet professionals within an organization and start conversations with employee who can coach you in the hiring process.

Am I required to attend an Information Session/Orientation?

Yes, participants will attend a required information session/orientation the week prior to your Career Shadowing experience.  Attending a Career Shadowing Program information session/orientation will give you information on what to expect while participating in Career Shadowing. Please meet with your Career Advisor or Peer Career Advisor prior to your CSP experience to review your resume and discuss your career opportunities.

How do I get to the employer site?

Please indicate on the application form if you will need transportation provided for you.  If outside of Austin, transportation will be provided for the group. For students participating in a Career Shadowing visit within Austin, the option to utilize your own transportation may be available. Please note, some trips might be scheduled over a University break, so transportation will need to be arranged for those visits. If you need to provide your own transportation you will be notified prior to your CSP date.

What is the time commitment?

This varies by employer. Shadowing will last no longer than one day, but it could be a morning/afternoon or an all day visit.

CSP Testimonials

Learn more about the CSP experience by clicking on the photos to the left.

Erinn Wright

Major: Marketing
Classification: Junior

How will the Career Shadowing Program influence your career development and your course of studies?

This program really allowed me to see into the inner workings of the industry and the corporation. Now I know more about what sort of opportunities are available to me in marketing and sales.

What did you enjoy about the CSP?

I loved getting to talk openly with an employer and watch how they went about their day, especially in regards to how they communicated with their clients.

Any words of advice for future CSP participants?

Be kind and be open. Don't stress out because the employers are very open and friendly, they just want to help you learn about them. They're also very interested in hearing from you. 

Minty Thomas

Major: Marketing
Classification: Sophomore

How will the Career Shadowing Program influence your career development and your course of studies?

CSP definitely solidified my choice as a marketing major and even brought up maybe becoming an MIS minor.

What did you enjoy about the CSP?

I really enjoyed learning more about the energy industry and the different roles within marketing. It was such an influential and impactful experience in determining the course of my future.

Would you participate in the CSP again or recommend it to a fellow McCombs' student?

Yes, It made me realized marketing is the path for me and I hope it can do the same for others.

Varun Parameswaran

Major: Business Honors
Classification: Junior

What will you do as a result of the Career Shadowing experience?

I definitely want to stay in touch with the people I met. I also want to get involved with more nonprofits and alumni networking events to meet more professionals.

What did you enjoy about the CSP?

I love rotating between jobs to get different points of view. I also enjoyed the atmosphere, the lunch, and the overall experience.

Any words of advice for future CSP participants?

Sleep well the night before. Come prepared with more than enough questions. Don't just ask the employees about the job and company, also talk about life. 

Alexander Stewart

Major: Finance
Classification: Sophomore

How has your CSP experience influenced your career development or courses of studies?
I was able to see the retail distribution, sales, and product placement side of a business, which I had not been exposed to before. I look forward to delving into my upper level business courses.

What would you like to share with a student who is considering participation in CSP? 
I would absolutely recommend Career Shadowing to any student who has the opportunity. "Real world" interaction with the business community is invaluable.

Allison Smith

Major: Accounting
Classification: 3rd year

How will the Career Shadowing Program influence your career development and course of studies?
This program has introduced me to the great FMP program that GE offers. I will definitely make sure that my future career has one of these programs, if not accepted to GE.

What will you do as a result of the Career Shadowing experience? 
I will definitely look more into this industry and the other various programs that GE offers. I hope to apply to these positions and internships soon.

What did you enjoy about the CSP?
I enjoyed getting to know and hear from a variety of FMP employees as well as simply talking about the work life one-on-one. It was truly great and the information I learned will definitely help my future career search.

Michael Ravitsky

Major: Management
Classification: Sophomore

What did you enjoy about the CSP experience?
It was an in-depth look into the intricate logistics of marketing and selling a product. I was given the opportunity to observe a Sales Manager’s strategies for informing and persuading his distributors: the retail outlets.

How has your CSP experience influence your career development or courses of studies?
It helped shed some light on my major by showing me some of the different things a manager can be, all of which stray from the typical image of a “manager.” 

What would you like to share with a student who is considering participation in CSP?
There is no substitute for the some of the experience and insight I have gained from the program. Live, out-of-classroom runs are the other side to learning, and the Career Shadowing Program sets you up for that very well.

Miriam Petsch

Majors: Business Honors Program, Finance
Classification: Sophomore

How has your CSP experience influence your career development or courses of studies?
I was able to confidently choose my major and potential career paths and would definitely recommend this program to all underclassmen, especially those who are not as familiar with the business world. 

What would you like to share with a student who is considering participation in CSP?
The Career Shadowing Program is perfect for self discovery. Be inquisitive, interact with the employees, and do not be afraid of critique. Each company and each employee has a story that they want to share, and one never knows how applicable it will be to one's own current situation. Network not for the sake of networking, but to learn.

Sarah Qin

Majors: Finance, Marketing
Classification: Sophomore

What did you enjoy about the CSP experience?
I enjoyed getting a firsthand look at the company through personal, one-on-one time with a professional. As a freshman, it was really nice to get the opportunity to network with experienced professionals who were all very open to answering my questions.

How has your CSP experience influenced your career development or courses of studies?
I definitely found the experience to be in line with my interests in sales and marketing. I was able to visit 4 retail stores and witness firsthand how the interactions come about. I plan to do more company research so I can explore my options and find the job that’s right for me.

What would you like to share with a student who is considering participation in CSP?
I highly encourage everyone to do this, especially if you haven’t completed an internship. Participating in the Career Shadowing Program increases industry awareness, allows you to observe an organization’s culture and operations, and learn about career development through networking.

Travis Gent

Major: Unspecified
Classification: Sophomore

How will the Career Shadowing Program influence your career development and course of studies?
It illustrated the importance of maintaining relationships with recruiters and making an effort to see them as much as possible.

What will you do as a result of the Career Shadowing experience? 
Attend career expos and build relationships in the industries I am interested in.

What did you enjoy about the CSP?
The candid conversations with recruiters and those who know the industry.

Any words of advice for future CSP participants?
Always ask questions.