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Gov’t career fair opens doors to public service for CSU

By Tara Harris

The 6th annual Government Career Day was held in the Student Center’s ballroom on Nov. 14. The event was hosted by a consortium of seven universities including Baldwin Wallace University, John Carroll University, Notre Dame College, a few others and the Federal Executive Board.

There were over 40 employers from local, state and federal government including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Cleveland Public Library; Cuyahoga County Department of Human Resources; Defense Finance and Accounting; Federal Bureau of Investigation; NASA; Ohio Department of Transportation District 12; US Department of Labor; US Marshal Service and a slew of others.

Cuyahoga County Department of Human Resources encouraged students interested in public service with the desire to make a difference in their communities to apply.

The requirements for these careers seemed to fit what attendees were interested in or qualified for.

“I want to make a difference and work with the mentally disabled or elderly and would prefer to work for the county or local agencies for the benefits they offer”, said Lisa Brown. a senior social work major at Cleveland State.

Karen Martin, graduate student from Keller University, wants to use her degree in human resource to obtain a job with the government.
“I received some good information from employers and I’m hoping for a government job because they seem more secure, even with the furloughs,” she said.

Some employers were seeking specific majors but most employers did not require a particular major. A few government departments offer internships to students.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service offers internships to college students and has 2,500 employees in Ohio and looks for those who are self motivated with high academics and the potential to become a great leader.

Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) duty is to serve the public and help them get to point A to B safely. ODOT hires 15-16 civil engineering interns in the summer according to the HCM analyst, Charity Stafford.

Peter Elliot, U.S Marshal of Northeast Ohio, was the keynote speaker for the event.

Elliot rhetorically asked the inevitable question, why anyone would want to work for the government with the multitude of cuts.

He assured everyone that the rewards are greater than the disappointments. “Every government position is special and very important. It’s a rewarding career that attracts the best of the best. Determination, enthusiasm and perseverance makes the ideal candidate,” he said.

Organizers put together workshops for attendees to help them look for jobs in the government sector.

George Buck from the Federal Executive Board, showed attendees how to navigate the usajobs.gov website where there are over 5,000 job postings listed. The website features a program titled Student Pathways that provides paid internships for students and jobs for recent graduates.

Buck also explained the website go government.org which helps people find the job in the government that will fit their interest and skill level. He offered the attendees the advice “Be as curious as you can in your job search and fail fast so you can succeed sooner.”