Many of you have studied extensively environmental sustainability, but how many of you have given a thought to career sustainability? Career sustainability is the ability to maintain a long, productive, and satisfying career without sacrificing everything else important in life, however you may define the latter, and without exhausting yourself in the process. Its about work-life balance, about setting goals and priorities, and about respecting your need to reinvigorate, if not reinvent, yourself periodically. One of the most important decisions you can make in sustaining your career is your choice of the right employer for you. In “Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance,” you’ll learn about ways to identify the type of employer that will aid your career sustainability.
If you are like most graduate students, you’ve heard of the social media revolution. You even have your own social media profile, but you haven’t had time to update it in the last 6 months. As graduation gets closer, you might think you have even less time to update your social media profile. Resist that impulse. As graduation arrives, more than ever you’ll need updated and well-designed social media profiles and a networking strategy to aid you in your career search. More and more employers are using social media to find potential employees. Attend one of the free Public Policy workshops this summer, SPP Careers 201: Careers and Social Media. Also, check out this article from US News & World Report, ”10 Smart Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search.”
Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com are two of the largest and best known online job search engines. But bigger isn’t necessarily better in your Public Policy job search. That is why I have posted dozens of niche job search engines specifically for Public Policy careers. I even break them down by Environmental, Economic Development, Science & Technology, and other specialties to focus your job search further. To learn why certain online job search engines are more advantageous to use than others, see this article from US News & World Report, ”When Using Job Boards, It Pays to Go Niche.” Be focused to be more effective.
On May 12, 2011, the Congressional Research Services published Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government. This publication identifies internships, fellowships and other work experiences available within the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the federal government. It includes opportunities appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates across all disciplines. This valuable resource will also be posted on the PPGSA T-Square site. Take advantage of this excellent and up-to-date resource to plan your next career step.
Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 to Inspire Millions to Celebrate the World’s Key Economic Driver: Entrepreneurship
For those of you interested in entrepreneurship, technology transfer, the role of technology in economic development, new green technologies, and science and innovation policy, this may be the event for you! To learn more, go to the Kauffman Foundation.