IA client Aaron Stahl hit onto something really very clever with Job Shadow, which provides first-hand accounts and “job shadows” of real people in real jobs.
It’s part education, part revelation, part entertainment.
Aside from being there in person, Stahl’s job shadows offer the best way to learn about a specific job or profession. They go into lots of detail including how much one can expect to make in a particular field. The subjects don’t hold back — they provide the nitty gritty about their jobs, good and bad.
Stahl, whose “day job” is president of P3 Waste Consulting (yes, he interviewed himself), is up to about 400 interviews on the site now, about 30 from Arkansas. He’s interviewed everyone from neurosurgeons to roughnecks. (His profile of an oil derrickman in North Dakota is fascinating.)
It’s a very informative site, and Stahl promises that big things are ahead for it.
We profiled his Fayetteville-based startup for Arkansas Business last summer.
His subjects include some IA clients — we love the client-on-client interaction — and prominent folks in the Arkansas startup scene. We’re gonna start sharing some of them in this space, beginning today.
Check out the Job Shadow profile of Rick West with IA client Field Agent here. In a nutshell, Field Agent provides mobile crowdsourcing. Here’s an excerpt:
How much time off do you get or take?
I am blessed to have a great family to support me. Net – Family comes before work. This being said, when you are in a start-up, your family is integrated into your work life as well.
So I take time when I need it, but I am never far away from my iPhone, iPad or Mac Book…
When I take a week of vacation, I manage my time to ensure that I have quality uninterrupted time with my family during the day and then get back into work early morning and late evenings.
What is a common misconception people have about what you or your company do?
They think that we were two guys in a basement who developed an app. We are the opposite – we are business professionals that created a solution for the Industry and used technology (iPhone app) to deliver the solution.
What are your goals/dreams for the future?
Picture a day when a business professional is able to get information from any country in the world without ever having to leave their office.