Spotlight: Turning Personal Passion into a Public Service Career

Spotlight: Turning Personal Passion into a Public Service Career

Date Published:
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Government and nonprofit organizations provide a number of career opportunities for individuals interested in tackling challenging issues on the public agenda, from how to deliver daily services to redeveloping urban areas to working with community organizers and volunteers for a cause. Public service career professionals provide leadership, financial management, policy analysis and other skills to state, local or federal agencies, as well as community nonprofit groups.

Students, alumni and Charlotte-area community members interested in learning how to combine their professional career aspirations with a passion for service should attend the sixth annual Public Service Career Fair from 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Cone University Center, Lucas Room.

The fair, sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Career Center for Work, Service and Internships, will showcase jobs, internships and graduate programs in government and nonprofit fields.

According to Career Center officials, the federal government continues to be the nation’s largest employer, and it is reforming its hiring process to recruit more job seekers for careers that provide stability, work-life balance and the opportunity to serve others. Careers in the nonprofit sector offer another way to make a difference for a particular cause or population, too. UNC Charlotte is a member of N.C. Campus Compact, a coalition of colleges and universities that collaborate to increase participation in public service; faculty and staff members encourage students to explore civic engagement and service activities while they are enrolled in classes and as part of their career planning.

Students, alumni and Charlotte-area community members interested in learning how to combine their professional career aspirations with a passion for service should attend the sixth annual Public Service Career Fair from 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Cone University Center, Lucas Room.

Students of all majors and class levels can attend the Public Service Career Fair and can access additional jobs, internships and on-campus interviews by registering with NinerJobNet. The Public Service Career Fair takes place only once per year; May 2012 graduates are reminded that some organizations will not make another recruiting visit until next fall. An ongoing list of organizations registered for the fair can be found online.

The Public Service Career Fair also provides prospective employers an opportunity to inform students from UNC Charlotte and other area universities about their career openings. Organizations/agencies that register early to attend the fair receive additional benefits; the University Career Center will advertise each organization’s attendance as soon as it registers. Employers also can request space to conduct interviews on campus or present in-depth information to students about their organizations and recruiting processes.

Students should dress professionally and bring resumes to give to recruiters. To help students make the most of the fair, the University Career Center will offer pre-fair resume critiques and a "Work for America" workshop exploring federal government career options prior to the fair. For additional assistance with job or internship searches, students should consult their discipline-specific career advisors and utilize the variety of resources in the Career Resource Library and online, including local and national job market updates.