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“Professional Mask” – by Janet Williams

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Recently as I sat on a plane visiting a sick relative, I heard the
flight attendant repeat the statement, “if traveling with small

children, please ensure you place the mask on yourself securely first”,

then assist those traveling with you.” While I have heard this

statement several times before, it never seemed to fully clarify the

intention of the action the flight attendant is seeking one to carry

out. However as it continued to resonate in my mind for the entire

flight, I had an epiphany, the kind of moment, in which you realize that

your long term and life goals need to have true rewarding purpose and

meaning.



I truly understand that until we as individuals are able to take care of

our own needs as healthy citizens in a community (professional

masking), we will be unable to effectively help those around us, who

really need our help. This unselfish action, is the reason, I am

dedicated to wearing my professional mask, and filling my knowledge

toolbox, to be a viable contributor to the profession of public service.

As I continue to pursue a career in public administration I realize

this action is the most critical part of my professional aspiration.



As a working mother of two, I have always believed that, Janet E.

Williams is an individual of considerable promise. Promises made to

oneself first are the ones that deliver the greatest reward system.

While that alone may not cause things to happen, it is my belief that

faith along with those promises can allow opportunities to come my way.

My primary aspiration in life is to obtain a PhD in Public Policy and,

ultimately, pursue a healthy career as a City Manager. Once I achieve

this goal, at the capstone of my career I aspire to teach as a professor

at a historically black college and/or university, in a low to moderate

income community, similar to the City in which I currently work. I

believe that education is one of the principal means of sharing who I am

and what I have to give to others, as I continually strive to be a

person of good character and help others become better people

themselves. I am the first generational Doctoral candidate in my

immigrant family, whose one wish for me is to make myself happy first.



As a public servant for the past 14 years, it has been rewarding to be

able to see how a City uses tax dollars to work for the citizens in

community. In areas, where gaps in that spending are experienced by

many, it is a powerful statement for those citizens to understand their

rights and use the power of government to change events, and also

influence the social injustices that may be occurring in their

communities.



My career motivations, choices and ultimate educational decisions have

always been two fold, and by that I mean, it is not only important to be

well versed in policy decisions but it is also important to know how

the implementation of those policies will impact the citizens who have

to deal and ultimately live the decisions of government .



Only with true intentions can one continue to be an effective public

servant despite adversities faced along the way. These experiences help

professionals to grow and remind us to be better stewards of education

and theory. Public servitude is defined by those who never ask you to do

more than they are willing to do themselves. I could never have asked

for a more generous career and educational choice, that I believe will

navigate me smoothly to City Management and culminate in my ability to

teach the next generation. My career motivations, choices, and ultimate

educational decisions have always been two fold, and by that I mean, it

is not only important to be well versed in policy decisions but it is

also important to know how the implementation of those policies will

impact the citizens who deal with government decisions daily. I realize

clearly that this degree in the dynamics of policy, its fundamental

context, and structure will allow for my clear implementation of an

applicable knowledge base in public management and leadership, and I am

ready, and willing to work hard for this challenge.

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