Benefits of Working at ODOT
A career at ODOT offers work/life balance, flexible schedules, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plan options, retirement benefits, continued professional development, training, and more. Learn more about how ODOT benefits can benefit you!
We Value Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We invite members of diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. By welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we truly serve all of Oregon.
Manage Your Career
Have you heard the saying, “a goal without a plan is just a wish?" No matter where you are in your career, you should have a defined goal and a plan for how to get there. We are here to help you through the process.
A mentor is someone who has an understanding of the state’s formal and informal structure, procedures and culture. They can provide you with insight, guidance and development resources. Having a mentor is a great way to increase your knowledge of the agency, develop skills and expand your professional network.
When picking a mentor, look for someone who is in a position to help you achieve your goals. This will require being clear and direct about what you are seeking and what you want to accomplish. Set regular meeting times and to go into every meeting with a clear focus.
Your manager can help you develop a training plan.
We recognize the importance of guiding our employees through their professional growth by providing and supporting development plans that foster individual growth, efficiency and advancement. We provide a variety of training and certification opportunities in engineering, construction, and technical training, as well as programming focused on interpersonal skill-building, leadership development and employee engagement. To register for ODOT training, you must have an account in iLearn, the state’s learning management system.
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) offers many trainings, as well.
ODOT employees also have the opportunity to receive external training, as long as their manager approves. These opportunities include training seminars, business partnerships, and those at educational institutions.
In some cases, employees may receive full or partial reimbursement for expenses associated with obtaining a degree or taking additional classes. For information on how to qualify and apply for tuition reimbursement, employees may speak to their managers.
For expenses related to professional certification and licenses, we follow a cost sharing approach. We encourage the ongoing personal development of our employees through professional certification programs and various licensing programs.
Job rotations are available to our permanent employees pending manager approval. A job rotation is a work change where an employee takes on a new role for a set amount of time. Job rotations are often arranged to broaden the employee's skill set.
Rotations are a great career growth opportunity and benefit both the employee and our agency. They can occur at ODOT, at another state agency, or even at a federal, local or private entity.
the statewide classification tool can be a great way to explore different positions you may be interested in rotating through. If there is a team or classification that interests you, ask your manager about the possibility of a rotation. This is a great way to figure out if a position would be a good fit for you.
Some rotational opportunities are advertised on
www.odotjobs.com or through internal emails.
ODOT offers job shadowing and informational interview opportunities to individuals who are interested in learning more about a specific position within ODOT.
Job Shadow and Informational Interview Benefits:
- Grow your professional network.
- Learn about a position by observing an ODOT professional.
- Career exploration activity for students or people considering a career change.
- Provides an opportunity for you to talk to someone with extensive knowledge about a particular topic or field and gain valuable information that you can use in your career development.
Before requesting a job shadow or informational interview it is important to be prepared:
- Determine what information you want to learn.
- Write a list of questions you want to ask. Resource: The 8 Best Questions to Ask in an Informational Interview | TopResume.
- Review www.odotjobs.com, write down the specific job and classification (i.e. Office Specialist 1/Transportation Maintenance Specialist 2).
- Review the about ODOT Directory in correlation to the specific job and select the appropriate department in your request form.
The department manager determines whether they have the capacity to grant a job shadow or informational interview. Workload can be high. Flexibility and understanding if managers have to decline is important.
Ready to request a job shadow or informational interview?
Complete the Job Shadow/Informational Interview Form
Some people thrive on a technical track, some find themselves considering switching to a management track, and others move back and forth between the two. How can you decide which pathway to take, or when it is time to make the switch?
Some things to consider when assessing your suitability for management:
- Do you have good interpersonal skills, like emotional intelligence?
- Do you have a strong drive to serve others?
- Have you studied leadership?
- How effective are you as a verbal and written communicator?
- Are you good at leading discussions?
- Are you good at motivating a team?
- Are you invested in helping others succeed?
- Are you good at seeing the big picture?
- Do you have a strong understanding of the agency’s goals and objectives?
- Are you able to understand, prioritize and address a variety of needs?
- Are you willing to continually give and take feedback?
If you haven’t managed people before, you may need to apply for a rotational opportunity and take additional training to obtain the necessary experience.
Some things to consider when deciding if the technical track is right for you:
- Would you prefer to be working alone solving interesting technical problems to being in a meetings, conducting interviews or providing feedback?
- Do you enjoy learning about and digging deep into technical details?
- Do you enjoy solving tough technical problems?
Of course, many benefits that are present in the management track are present in the technical track. For example, you can be a technical expert and be a wonderful motivator for your teammates. It is really a question of finding which track energizes you more.
Find opportunities to gain skills
that will help you get where you want to be. For example, if you would like to be a manager, seek out opportunities to perform lead work. Additionally, you may volunteer to give presentations to expand your public speaking experience.
Identify your transferrable skills. These can include technical skills, communication skills, critical thinking skills, time management and organizational skills, teamwork skills, creativity skills and leadership skills. Once you have identified a list, do your research to find interesting careers that align with your skill set.
Grow your professional network. You can do this through platforms like LinkedIn, at career fairs, or by joining professional organizations such as the
American Public Works Association, the
American Society of Civil Engineers, the
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials or young professionals organizations like this.