FAQs

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Basic Questions

Am I guaranteed a match if I apply?

While we hope to match all applicants, there are many variables involved, particularly the amount of interest among students and alumni in this new program. We will do our best to make as many matches as possible. If for some reason we aren’t able to offer you a match, you will have earlier access to future engagement programming.

How does matching work?

Alumni will be asked in the application to describe their job, company characteristics and more. Students will be asked to indicate their area of study and career interests. We will use these details to build strong matches among applicants with similar preferences.

While we try our best to match everyone on their top priority career interests, due to availability of alums in certain industries, it's not always possible to have a perfect match. That said, there is a lot that students can gain from any UW alum. Look for what else you may have in common other than career - major, campus, affiliations, etc. UW alums can offer a lot of valuable advice on navigating UW, job searching, interviewing and much more.

When will I hear back about my match?

You will receive an e-mail with match information toward the end of April for the spring session and October for the fall session. Once you receive these details, you can correspond with your student(s) about determining a good date during May/November.

Is meeting in May (for spring session) or November (for fall session) required?

While we prefer that you meet during May/November, as this expectation was shared with all applicants, we also understand that some exceptions might make sense due to your unique schedule. If you are able to meet before or after the set month, we support that flexibility.

How much time should I plan for this shadow day?

This can vary broadly depending on industry, job type, location and scheduling. Our hope is that you both (students and alumni) can commit to an appropriate amount of time that would offer a student an accurate snapshot into a day-in-the-life of what their matched alum does for work. Also, if it makes sense to split this time into two or more visits (due to scheduling, logistics and/or availability of interesting work), we support that flexibility as long as the student is able to travel to and from the job site more than once for in-person visits.

How can I learn more?

Get in touch with the Alumni Student Programs team at asengage@uw.edu.

I can’t participate this time, when is the next opportunity?

Huskies@Work currently runs twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring. Applications open in September and March.

Is this a mentorship program?

No. Huskies@Work is a job shadowing program that connects alumni & students for an opportunity for students to get a glimpse of what a particular career looks like. While some participants do stay in touch with one another, there are no requirements for a matched alumni-student pair to continue their relationship after their initial meeting/phone call.

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For Students

What should I expect? What will be expected of me?

Huskies@Work will offer you a unique, real-world window into your future job, thanks to generous alumni who are volunteering their time to help you. Possible activities include site visits to a company/organization that interests you, interaction with one or more UW alumni and meeting observations. If you are matched with a non-local alum, you can expect to meet with them over Skype, another videoconferencing tool or even a simple phone call.

Similarly, you will be expected to be professional in your communication with your alumni volunteer and their employer, to follow through on your commitments and to represent the UW to the best of your ability. It is important to note that this program is not about you being recruited for an internship or position; rather, it’s about you experiencing a career that interests you and building your connections in that industry.

For more guidelines, read Huskies@Work: I’ve been matched, now what?

What about transportation?

Another great question. Students, you are responsible for possible costs you might incur related to transportation and/or parking. If you are unable to travel to/from your alums office, we encourage you to explore virtual meeting options over a videoconferencing tool or phone.

What else should I know?

Once you are matched, you will receive details about how to prepare for your day of job shadowing, tips for choosing a good day, suggested questions to ask, what to wear and more.

Am I allowed to participate in Huskies@Work more than once?

Yes! We encourage students to participate in as many sessions as they’d like while at UW. Use this as an opportunity to test out different careers and meet more alumni.

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For Alumni

I’m an alum that’s not in the Puget Sound region, can I still participate?

Yes! Huskies@Work offers opportunities for students to be matched with a local alum for in-person job shadowing or a non-local alum for a virtual meeting over a videoconferencing tool or phone.

As a host, what should I expect?

First, thank you in advance for volunteering your time to help a current UW student. If you work in the Puget Sound area, you should expect a time commitment of one workday, plus any relevant communication to coordinate this day of job shadowing. If you work outside the Puget Sound area, plan to devote time to meet over Skype, another videoconferencing tool or phone.

During the day of job shadowing, possible activities could include an overview of your role/industry, an office tour, interaction with one or more UW alumni, meeting observations and time for questions and advice. Do you work remotely or are not able to host students at your place of business? Alternative options include meeting a coffee shop to discuss your career and offer advice.

After the visit, you are welcome to continue communicating with your student — and we hope you have interest in doing so — however, maintaining this connection is not required.

For more guidelines and suggestions, read Huskies@Work: I'm hosting, now what?

Note: Shadowing in Healthcare Due to HIPAA and other regulations and restrictions, a traditional shadowing experience might not be possible for alumni in a healthcare profession. We encourage alumni in health fields to meet up with students for lunch or coffee instead.

I signed up for 1:1 job shadowing and was assigned multiple students, now what?

If you’ve been assigned multiple students, you'll will work with each of them individually on the Huskies@Work platform. If you decide you want to connect with more than one student at a time feel free to send a group email outside of the mentoring platform to coordinate details.