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Career Shadowing Program (CSP)

Company Field Trip: GE Oil and Gas

Learn more and apply by April 11; see the "Application Process" tab below.

Questions?

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.

Company Field Trip to GE Oil and Gas

Are you a BBA woman interested in a career in energy? Would you like to visit an energy employer right here in central Texas? If so, sign up to attend the company field trip to GE Oil and Gas in Round Rock!

The BBA Women’s Council and the BBA Career Shadowing Program have teamed up to plan an awesome opportunity open to all BBA women. This all-day event is offered at no cost and will occur on Friday, April 25. Lunch and transportation will be provided. Limited space is available, so apply today!

  • What: Company Field Trip
  • When: Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Where: GE Oil and Gas in Round Rock, TX
  • Who: BBA women
  • How much: Free!

Apply here by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11, to attend. Space will be given on a first come, first served basis.

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. Please check back for Fall 2014 applications starting in August. Please contact Rachel Rucker with any questions.

Spring 2014 Employer Participants 

USAA - Friday, March 21

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.

Your job shadow experience would offer you the opportunity to meet with Audit professionals and gain insights into USAA’s internal audit function. Students will gain exposure to the work of an operational internal audit department to include how independent, objective assurance and advisory services are designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of enterprise risk management, control and governance processes.

A future internship with USAA Audit Services would offer direct exposure to a Fortune 200 financial services company and its operation business processes. With an Audit Services internship, you will enhance your skill set to include problem solving, critical thinking, and communications.

We welcome you to apply to the Audit Services job shadow event to see how exposure to an operational internal audit department could be the best place to start your career.

Positions recruited: Financial Analyst Intern; Audit Internship; IT Full-time; IT Intern; Risk Management Internship

Phillips66 - Friday, April 4

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 diverse portfolio enables Phillips 66 to capture opportunities in a changing energy landscape. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 13,500 employees who are committed to operating excellence and safety. Phillips 66 is a Fortune 5 company with $51 billion of assets as of March 31, 2013. For more information, visit www.phillips66.com or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co and @P66oncampus.

Positions recruited: Projects & Procurement; Projects & Procurement Intern; Global Marketing Intern; Accounting Financial Analyst; Accounting Finance Intern; Commercial Energy Commodities; Information Technology Intern; Commercial Energy Commodity 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.

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.

Caroline Garcia

Majors: Business Honors Program, Supply Chain Management
Classification: Sophomore

How has your CSP experience influenced your career development or courses of studies?
BBA CSP has influenced me in exploring a wider array of industries. I also liked how both firms gave us tips for interviews and what companies are looking for in employees, which are applicable in any industry.

What would you like to share with a student who is considering participation in CSP?  
I would definitely recommend participating in BBA CSP! It truly is a valuable opportunity to both network with companies of different industries and gain business knowledge outside the classroom. The opportunity may even introduce you to a new career path that you are interested in but had not considered before.

Erika Storli

Major: Unspecified/Plan II
Classification: Freshman

How will the Career Shadowing Program influence your career development and your course of studies?
I now have a clearer understanding of the importance of working hard academically and engaging more in the UT community towards achieving some sort of career path.

What will you do as a result of the Career Shadowing experience? 
I will be more confident when recruiting time rolls around and feel prepared to ask questions about the industry. I will also maintain a professional resume (which CSP taught me to do before the trip) and work more on my networking skills for future employment opportunities.

What did you enjoy about the CSP?
I loved the CSP because it opened my mind towards considering a career in the energy industry. Before our trip to GE, I expected that the company prefers more candidates in the science or engineering fields. After learning about FMP however, I felt less intimidated by the energy sector.

Marcos Duran

Major: Marketing
Classification: Junior

How has your CSP experience influenced your career development or courses of studies?
The program helped me visualize another route of technology/consulting and develop a more concise vision about where I want my career to go.

What would you like to share with a student who is considering participation in CSP?  
Do it! I was working and taking a class during the winter-mester. It is completely manageable and you learn so much! It is an easy way to figure out what you like and what you don’t. Built your network, you have nothing to lose.

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.