Post by Denise Sherron, Graduate School, Enrolled Student Services
UNCG Career Services Center hosted an information session on Careers in Federal Government on October 5, 2012. Alumna Ronda Davis, a federal contractor to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in our nation’s capital, presented to the assembled group. Ms. Davis has a strong connection to our Career Services Center. She began her job search networking at CSC’s very first “Schmooza Palooza” event when she was a student. Later, at a business networking fair, she set up a booth for her company. “This experience was instrumental in landing my teaching position at ECPI College of Technology (now known as ECPI University). Although I had planned on a long-time career in technology as a programmer, my plan shifted to technology education,” Davis said.
Davis told her listeners how she took a chance and applied for a job at the Department of Energy at three o’clock in the morning! “I couldn’t sleep, and I just started looking for jobs. I saw this job posted and decided to give it a try.” she laughed. Davis says her Master’s in Information Technology and Management and her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification definitely made her a more marketable candidate. Now with the EIA for seven months, Davis trains employees and contractors and works in the Office of Energy Statistics. The EIA collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policy-making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. Perhaps, most of us know EIA as the organization who publishes gas prices every week. At the information session, she described how careers in government can differ from other jobs. Of special interest to students entering the job market — in addition to great benefits, federal employees may enjoy student loan forgiveness!
Davis earned her BS in Information Systems and Operations Management and her MS in Information Technology and Management from UNCG and is currently a PhD candidate at Capella University. Davis highly recommends UNCG’s degree programs and career support services. She feels the training she received from the Career Services Center was instrumental in gaining the ability to effectively market her skills to potential employers. “I am actually an introvert. That’s pretty weird considering I am Senior Trainer at EIA, but I had to learn to network and make connections.” she told listeners. Before the end of the session, Davis reinforced this point. While passing out her business card she recommended that everyone join LinkedIn.com and start networking. Her parting advice: “Always keep learning, and keep making those connections!”
For more information about the EIA, visit http://www.eia.gov/
To check on gas prices across the nation, visit http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/