Take a Tartan to Work and Tartan Talks are designed to give undergraduate students valuable exposure to the professional world. Through connecting with alumni, students participate in career exploration that will shape their professional futures. Both students and alumni can sign up for either Tartan Talks or Take a Tartan to Work, or both programs at once. Read below for more information about both of these programs.
What is Job Shadowing?
Take a Tartan to Work is a job shadowing program for Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students. This job shadowing program provides opportunities for students to explore career fields by visiting an alumni host professional at their business or organization for one day. Students gain valuable information which can be used in choosing a major, assessing their fit in a work environment, or preparing for a summer or professional job search.
In order to set up a job shadowing experience, students search through alumni host profiles and request to connect with persons of interest. From there, the alumni and the CPDC work together to match students with job shadowing experiences that are of interest to them.
Students are eager to be able to connect with professionals in the Pittsburgh area or from their home town while they are home for Winter Break. Students are available to job shadow for this session from December 10th (Monday of Finals Week) through January 11th (last Friday of Winter Break)
What is an Informational Interview?
An informational interview is a conversation conducted with an industry professional to collect information about a job, career field, industry, and/or company culture.
An informational interview is not a job interview. The purpose of these discussions is to help students discover what a professional’s job is like, what they do, what responsibilities they have, and what it's like to work in their position at their company.
In order to set up a Tartan Talk, students search through available host profiles and request to connect with them to discuss their career interests, the hosts’ position or company background, and more. Once a student requests to match with an alumni host, the host should plan on checking their availability to conduct a Tartan Talk via video conferencing, or telephone. A Tartan Talk typically lasts between 30 minutes and an hour.
What are the Benefits of Participating in These Programs?
Informational interviews and job shadowing allow students to explore their career interests and other professional opportunities. This is especially true for students who are in the process of choosing an academic major, making career choices, or beginning a job search. Students will have the opportunity to:
- Clarify career goals
- Expand their professional network
- Build confidence for job interviews
- Explore new industries
- Access the most up-to-date career information
- Identify professional strengths and weaknesses
- Obtain critical feedback on job search goals
Ready to shadow?
Students, please use your @andrew.cmu.edu email address when signing up.
Host Registration Opens August 5th, 2019
If you are an alum of Carnegie Mellon or a partnered employer interested in hosting students at your company, email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be on our mailing list.