Wolf Pack Shadow event gives students the opportunity to explore careers
The Career and Corporate Outreach Center at the University of Nevada, Reno launched Wolf Pack Shadow in 2014 as a tool to engage the College of Business' best and brightest with companies in both Northern and Southern Nevada. Headed by the College's Director of Career Services, Stallar Lufrano-Jardine, the program steadily gains momentum each semester, attracting more students and increasing participation from well-known companies. The program's process is completely unique and repeatedly proves to be beneficial for both the student and the employer. With a 117 percent increase in applications within the past year, the program demonstrates a clear need to provide career exploration opportunities to students and employers access to upcoming talent.
Applications to participate have spiked, thanks to big names such as Microsoft, Haws, and Server Technology. After the application process, qualified students are selected to tour the company's headquarters, shadow professionals, and network with executives. Participation in the event is seen by students as a privilege and allows them to truly experience the daily operations of a professional in their desired field, helping them better understand and explore their options after graduation. They are also given an inside look at the company's culture, providing insight on what qualities employers look for from a recent graduate.
During spring break of 2016, Wolf Pack Shadow was held in Southern Nevada for the first time with Ameriprise Financial. The following year, a visit to the Zappos campus in Las Vegas exposed students to a casual, one-of-a-kind company culture. Those who participated in these Wolf Pack Shadow events were able to discover what employment opportunities await University of Nevada, Reno graduates in other cities. More growth came when Wolf Pack Shadow went to Reno's largest nonprofit medical provider, Renown Health, in the spring of 2017. Word of this shadowing experience quickly spread amongst university students, eliciting a large applicant pool of both business and health science majors. The same development took place with an event held at the Patagonia Reno Distribution Center last semester. The sustainability driven company attracted students with a passion for the environment and the betterment of global business operations. The growth and diversification of participating students truly highlights the importance of this program and the benefits it brings Nevada students.
Participation in the event is seen by students as a privilege and allows them to truly experience the daily operations of a professional in their desired field, helping them better understand and explore their options after graduation. – Laura Gaudet
In the coming semesters, the Career and Corporate Outreach Center at the College of Business intends to expand the program even further, involving more companies and attempting to create space for as many students as possible. If you are interested in attending or hosting a Wolf Pack Shadow event, please visit https://www.unr.edu/business/career-center/ wolf-pack-shadow ■