Career Opportunities in Federal Government

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 by admin under Careers, Events, Graduate Alumni, Leadership, Student success, Student support, Uncategorized.

post by Rachael Wonderlin, Graduate Assistant for Social Media

From October 1st to October 5, 2012, UNCG’s Career Services Center (CSC) is sponsoring “Careers in Government Week.”  Each day, CSC invites students to learn more about careers in federal government, including how to improve a resume, job hunt, or figure out which career path would be the perfect fit.  On Monday, October 1st, Chad Collins, the Assistant Director of Career Services, met with seventeen students in the Joyner Room of the EUC to discuss the many possibilities of a career in government.

“I think a lot of people immediately discount the idea of a job with the government.  I always say, ‘Give it a chance.’  There are a ton of careers out there for students from many different majors,” he explained.  The benefits of federal service go beyond flexible scheduling, great training, and fast-paced career advancement: federal workers have the opportunity to really make a difference.  If that is not enough incentive to search for a federal job, there is also the generous pay scale.  Entry-level annual pay for a position in federal government begins in the low-to-mid $40,000’s for an applicant with a Master’s degree.  For students with doctoral or law degrees, the starting pay is $50,000 and up.  Collins explained that it’s “all about finding the right fit,” but that there are plenty of ways to decide on the right career.  He mentioned a number of great websites to assist in the job search, most of which are listed below.

Surprisingly, only 15% of federal government jobs are actually in Washington D.C.  Collins addressed the room and asked which students were hoping to relocate to find a job.  A number of people raised their hands, and Collins assuaged any anxieties about the job hunt.  He suggested that there are federal government jobs everywhere, and there will always be many career paths open to college graduates.  “Don’t worry if you hear about government jobs getting slashed,” he said.  “They are still the largest employer for college grads [in the U.S.] and that won’t change.”  Collins added that the first step in obtaining a career with the federal government is to get hands-on experience.  Fellowships and internships are available for interested students, and that experience always looks great on a resume.

For more information on finding a career with the federal government, attend a workshop this week or stop by the Career Services Center anytime for assistance.  Be sure to RSVP online with SpartanCareers before attending a workshop.

Suggested websites for searching for careers in federal government:                                        Uncle Sam wants you...


CSC programs held for Careers in Government Week:

Federal Resumes: Learn to prepare your resume for Federal Government positions.
October 2, 12:00-1:00, Maple, EUC and 5:00-6:00, CSC, #1 EUC

FBI Guest Speaker:  SA Newsom Summerlin entered on duty with the FBI as a Special Agent in February 1983; and since that date, SA Summerlin has served in numerous FBI field offices: Atlanta, GA; Las Vegas, NV; New York City; Tupelo, MS; Guam; and most recently, Charlotte, NC. Prior to his arrival in Charlotte in 2002, SA Summerlin primarily investigated criminal matters. However, following his arrival in Charlotte, SA Summerlin was assigned to a national security squad and investigated foreign counterintelligence matters. In January 2012, SA Summerlin began as of Applicant Coordinator for the Charlotte Division of the FBI and coordinates the recruiting and hiring in North Carolina of Special Agents and Professional Staff for the FBI.
October 3, 12:00-1:00, Maple, EUC

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – Guest Speaker: Ronda Davis, PMP, alumnus of UNC Greensboro is a Senior Trainer at U.S. Department of Energy.  Join us for an excellent presentation on the U.S. Department of Energy and working in the federal government. Learn about the Department of Energy does, the types of candidates they look for, and the general process of working for the federal government. Ronda Davis is a part of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), working as a contractor to the Office of Energy Statistics as Senior Trainer. EIA collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management and a Master of Science in Information Technology and Management from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is PMP (Project Management Professional) certified and her background includes working as a web application developer, college instructor, corporate technical trainer, and speaker. Ronda is currently working on her Ph.D. in Information Technology with a specialization in Information Technology Education at Capella University.

October 5, 12:00-1:00, CSC, #1 EUC

RSVP through SpartanCareers