My name is Jessica and I am extremely excited about joining this new online community! Currently, I am a graduate student in my second (and FINAL) year of my Masters of Public Administration at the University of Delaware and with graduation quickly approaching, I have already begun to kick the wheels in motion for my future career in the federal government!
Now, I didn’t always plan to become the “next big public servant”. Like most people, I’ve been quite indecisive about my career. At one point, I hoped to be a singer/dancer (I can’t sing and I have no rhythm), doctor (medical school is too long and expensive) and even a professional student (which is not as crazy as you think; I know many professional students!). Luckily, I came to my senses and realized that none of those options were quite right for me; indefinitely, leading me on my quest for the perfect career. After realizing that my true interests lie within health policy, I immediately decided that I wanted to be an active participant in the national health care reform; like Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
As a result of my looming graduation and interests in national health policy, I am now in the process of applying to the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF). For those of you unaware of the program, it focuses on attracting future leaders from a variety of disciplines who have clear interests in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. In my weekly blog, I plan to provide the GovLoop world with a detailed account of my application process; the good, the bad and the downright boring! The entire process will take between 6-7 months (thank you federal government!) and will require substantial paperwork (via USAJOBS), testing and interviewing. Hopefully, come spring I will be able to announce in my final blog post that I am a PMF fellow! Along with a detailed account of my PMF experience, I will also provide insight into my graduate school career, my search for full-time employment and my various interests in the public sector.
In my next post, I will begin discussing the PMF process with a detailed account of the first step; applying to the job announcement via USAJobs.
Till Next Time,