Colleagues participating on a recent Civil Service Local North East, Yorkshire and the Humber Academy realised that there was no easily accessible, cross departmental job shadowing opportunities available to them. Working together, they developed a project called iShadow to enable Civil Servants to job shadow colleagues in departments other than their own.
After the launch of iShadow last year, we received a fantastic response from Civil Servants who wanted to take part in a positive and engaging job shadowing opportunity or host a colleague from another department. Since then iShadow has helped colleagues to build a network across a wide range of Civil Service departments, as well as supporting skill and personal development. Rebecca Price from HMRC, visited the Department for Education in Sheffield to find out more about the work of a Correspondence Officer and she shared her experience with us,
I have found the experience very useful. I wasn't sure what to expect before arrival and I was a bit nervous at first, but I soon felt at ease. The office and staff were very friendly and I thoroughly enjoyed my day. I especially enjoyed being able to create a case, see the mailbox and draft responses as this gave me more of a feel for the work than just listening to someone talking for hours. I feel that I learned so much in that one day which will certainly benefit me in my future job search.
If you would like to get involved, we are looking for Civil Servants across the North East and the Yorkshire and Humberside who wish to shadow a colleague in another department. We have attached a guide to job shadowing that we hope you find useful when considering whether you would like to take part in iShadow. If we have sparked your interest, please take a look at the list of current opportunities available and visit our booklet for further details about each opportunity.
Alternatively, if you could give up a short amount of your time to host a colleague from another department who is interested in your work, we would be keen to hear from you.
If you are interested in any of the iShadow opportunities, please contact Kelly Roush for an Expression of Interest form.