Connecting the Kenyon community outside of Gambier is often a memorable and inspiring experience. Students discover that meaningful Kenyon relationships can extend beyond campus as they connect with alumni and parents. Sponsors have the opportunity to deepen their connection with the College through current student experiences, energy, and stories.
To prepare for an enjoyable job shadow, all parties are encouraged to read Job Shadow Expectations. It is important to clarify expectations and agreements early on to avoid confusion.
Additionally, students and sponsors are encouraged to speak via Skype or phone prior to the job shadow. Topics to discuss together in advance of a job shadow may include:
To get the most out of the experience, students should take time to reflect on each day. Sponsors can help facilitate this by engaging the student in thoughtful conversation or asking the student to summarize their notes into a list of key takeaways. Sponsors in the past have asked the student to share lists of key takeaways, such as "Top 10 Things Learned or Affirmed".
The Career Development Office anticipates your job shadow experiences to be positive. However, every once in awhile an unexpected issue arises that needs to be addressed. If a student or sponsor feels they need additional support to resolve the situation, the Career Development Office is here to help. The CDO can help talk through an issue, offer an outside perspective, and suggest next steps. If necessary, the CDO can also offer to mediate a conflict. Students or sponsors are encouraged to contact the CDO to discuss any concerns. The CDO is open Monday-Friday from 8:30–4:30 p.m. EST. In case of a pressing issues, contact Campus Safety at (740) 427-5000 or (740) 427-5555. For medical emergencies, please contact the nearest hospital or emergency room.