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CSTEP Connect FAQ

What is job shadowing?

Job shadowing is an opportunity for you to connect or “shadow” with a business professional who has specific knowledge about an occupation or career in which you are interested.

How do I get involved with CSTEP Connect?

You must currently be a member of CSTEP.

Do I have to be a CSTEP student to participate?

Yes. You can obtain an application for CSTEP Connect in 222 Norton Hall.

Do I have to be a CSTEP alumnus to participate?

We are currently only seeking CSTEP alumni to serve as mentors with CSTEP Connect. We will expand participation to non-CSTEP alumni in the future.

Are the job shadowing locations only limited to Buffalo, NY?

No. We have alumni across New York State who are willing to work with our students.

Can I only shadow during semester breaks?

No. Depending on the professional mentor’s schedule, you may be able to shadow at any point during the year.

Do I get academic credit for shadowing?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee academic credit for shadowing. Check with your department for more information on how to obtain academic credit.

Do I get paid for job shadowing?

No.

Student FAQs

Where can I find the application if I am a student?

There is a link for the application in the side taskbar under “Student Participants” or click HERE to access the Google Doc.

Will I contact the professional mentor directly?

No. CSTEP staff will handle all matching and initial communication.

What are some sample questions I could ask my mentor about their specific career field?

Here is a reference sheet.

What are some sample questions I could ask my mentor about their personal career and experiences?

Here are some questions to consider:

  • What field did you prepare for and expect to enter originally?
  • How did you get where you are in your field?
  • If you needed to leave your present job, to what other jobs could you apply your skills?
  • Would you advise someone to enter your career field?
  • What would you have done differently in your career field?
  • What do you like most about your job?
  • What would you identify as the top two personal rewards for the work you do?
  • What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Professional Mentor

Where can I find the application if I am a professional alumni?

Under the “Professional Participant” subheading in CSTEP Connect, you will see a link for the Professional Mentor Application.

Will I contact the student directly to setup a date/time for shadowing?

CSTEP staff will take care of all initial communication and will direct you when you can contact the student.

How long of a commitment do I need to make with shadowing?

You can set up your schedule to your preferences. You could always limit the number of hours with us and we will make all updates available on our website.

Last updated: December 16, 2016 3:23 pm EST

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