Workforce Development

JOB SHADOW/INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW PROGRAM

The State of Oregon Research Academy is proud to offer support in workforce development through our job shadow/informational interview program.

What are job shadowing and informational interviews?

Job shadowing is a highly effective, low-cost tool used by many organizations to enhance career and leadership development. A job shadow experience allows an employee from one part of state government to spend time with an employee in another role or agency to observe and gain first-hand experience of their day-to-day work.

Informational interviews provide state employees an opportunity to sit down one-on-one and learn about the employee’s role and gain valuable insight into career development skills.

How will job shadowing and informational interviews help me?

Job shadowing and informational interviews help encourage collaboration and networking across agencies. You may learn about new data systems, different methodologies, or interesting projects. It may even grow into a cross-agency collaboration. The benefits are all up to you!

How much time will this take?

A typical job shadow can last 1-2 hours, while an informational interview typically lasts from 30 minutes to an hour. The time commitment is completely up to you.

How do I get involved as a host?

If you’re willing to host someone for a job shadow or participate in informational interviews, fill out the SORA Workforce Development Programs Survey. We will compile this information into a directory of job shadow hosts for prospective job shadowers.

  • Download the most up-to-date Host Directory to get an idea of what we publicize. This directory lists what projects, agency programs, data and software are available from hosts, along with additional skills. Please note, we do not provide contact information of hosts; only job title, classification and the above listed skills.

How do I sign up to participate in the job shadow or information interview program?

If you want to find someone to do an informational interview with, or job shadow, there are several steps:

1. Download the most up-to-date Host Directory– This directory lists what projects, agency programs, data and software are available from hosts, along with additional skills. Please note, we do not provide contact information of hosts; only job title, classification and the above listed skills.

2. Using the Host Directory, identify up to three hosts you are interested in pursuing an informational interview or job shadow opportunity with. All the hosts are numbered in the directory (ex: 110, 111, 112 etc.)

3. Fill out the SORA Workforce Development Programs Survey and select being a Job Shadow or Informational Interview Participant; or email the list of up to three hosts (identified by numbers) to Alethia Miller, SORA Workforce Development Coordinator.

4. In several days, an e-mail will connect you to the host(s) you selected while identifying whether you are interested in an informational interview, or job shadow opportunity.

The rest is up to you!