Learn about careers in federal government
Sept. 16, 2009
KALAMAZOO--A panel of public employees will be at Western Michigan University Wednesday, Sept. 23, answering questions from students about the kind of work they do as well as the benefits and challenges of serving in the federal government.
The Federal Career Panel program will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Brown and Gold Room of the Bernhard Center. WMU students interested in attending are asked to register online by creating a BroncoJobs account. Registrations will be accepted through Tuesday, Sept. 22, or until all spaces are filled.
On the panel will be members of the Social Security Administration and the departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, and Housing and Urban Development. Two of the big questions that panelists will address are: "Why would I want to work for the federal government and how do I get my foot in the door?"
They will share tips on how to find government jobs, describe their interesting post-college journeys, and explain the backgrounds and activities that helped them get their current positions. Those attending the program will have ample opportunity to ask questions, and should come away with ideas about how their majors could be useful to various government recruiters.
The Federal Career Panel is being hosted by WMU's Career and Student Employment Services and supported by a 2008 Call to Serve grant from the Partnership for Public Service.
Call to Serve grants help higher education institutions generate awareness about public service in America. Since being awarded its grant, WMU has launched a Why Not U.S.? campaign to educate students about careers in the federal government. It also has been hosting events such as the federal career panels and hands-on workshops, where students locate and apply for federal jobs.
For more information, contact Naidra Walls in Career and Student Employment Services at cses-GA3@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2745.
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