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Public Service Career Opportunities and Upcoming Career Fair

As students begin the job search following graduation, I often hear them complain about the fact that “there just aren’t any jobs out there” and that the jobs that are available, are not the type that would make ends meet or be rewarding to them. What many students do not know is that the federal government has positions in a variety of different organizations and agencies that can provide income and fulfillment to recent graduates. The federal government is the largest employer in the United States with jobs in over 300 sectors of work.

Governmental agencies that will be at the upcoming UNC-Charlotte Public Service Career Fair on October 4th include The U.S. Department of State and The U.S. National Security Agency. Other federal employment opportunities can be found within the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP), which accepts students enrolled at least half-time in academic courses and provides students with short-term positions in which they can gain valuable working experiences. STEP positions do not have to be related to a student’s academic course of study and can be found in fields as diverse as Veterans Health Administration to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) gives students who are actively pursuing academic studies experience working in the public service sector in a position directly related to their field of study and career goals. Such positions may later transition into permanent employment following graduation. These programs, along with other employment opportunities can be found through USA Jobs, the government’s official job site at http://www.usajobs.gov/ .

In addition, there are many job prospects available within the non-profit and education sectors. One program that recruits recent college graduates is Teach for America, a government-supported program that places graduates in two-year long teaching positions to provide excellent education to students living in traditionally low-income communities. In order to snag a job with a non-profit agency or organization, students may assume that they need to have a degree in psychology, sociology, or social work. While students graduating which such degrees will find multiple opportunities within non-profit agencies, students graduating from other any academic area also can find employment with non-profits. Like any company, non-profits need employees in areas including: medical and health administration, marketing and public relations, human resources, technical and computer support, website design, law, and financial accounting, among other disciplines. So, where can you go to find jobs with the government or with a non-profit organization? You do not have to look further than the University Career Center’s upcoming Public Services Career Fair on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 from 1-4 pm in the Cone Center’s Lucas Room. There will be recruiters from government and non-profit agencies looking for students from a variety of areas of study and class levels. There will also be information on graduate school programs.

You can view a regularly-updated list of Registered Organizations HERE. Pre-registration is not required but be sure to dress professionally and bring copies of your resume.

Also on October 4th, there will be a special workshop for students interested in federal government jobs and internships entitled Work for America: Exploring Federal Government Careers, which will be held on October 4th at 11 AM in the Cone Center’s McKnight Hall. So you may wish to make plans to attend this workshop before the Public Service Career Fair to gain valuable knowledge on career options offered by the federal government and how to apply for such positions. There will be a federal government recruiter present to answer your questions about employment with a federal government agency.

For further information on how to find a job or internship, you can visit the Service Learning, Civic Engagement, and Washington Internship section of the University Career Center website or you may wish to contact your Career Advisor.

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  1. Great opportunity to find out about heaps of careers! Fantastic range of displays.

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  4. This is the best opportunity for the graduates and non graduates.This policy will help the students and also for the unemployment people.In this sense the future of students and nations will be safe.

    • Online Colleges in Georgia: I think it is great that the federal government provides many job opportunities for people of various educational levels in a wide variety of fields. Thanks for your comment!

  5. Thank you, I have recently been looking for information about this subject for ages and yours is the best I’ve discovered so far. However, what concerning the bottom line? Are you positive concerning the supply?|What i don’t realize is if truth be told how you’re now not really much more neatly-liked than you might be right now. You are so intelligent.

    • Thank you for the positive words! I am a bit confused with your questions regarding the bottom line and supply. Are you referring to the amount of Public Service careers out there or those that came to the fair last year?

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