UCS Career Blog

Public Service Chose Me

Claire Mueller
July 28th, 2014

Brittany Everette is a 2013 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences who majored in Sociology and English.  She serves as a College Advisor for the Virginia College Advising Corp, an AmeriCorps program.

Graduate from high school. Check! Graduate from a prestigious university. Check! Attend another prestigious university, gain a Juris Doctor degree and become a world-saving attorney…PAUSE.

When I made this checklist in high school, it seemed pretty straightforward. I was convinced that all I had to do was get into college and everything else would fall into place.  What I did not know was how much things would change: the economy (Forbes magazine keeps telling not to go to law school), my goals (I’m still on the save-the-world kick, just not from the corner office of a corporation), and even my skills (turns out, I’m better at interacting with people than I thought).  By the end of my second year, I knew I had to ditch the old checklist and listen to my current experiences and environment.

So what had I been up to over the past few years? Let’s see… I’d been studying sociology and saw social issues as undeniably real. I’d been participating in the Young Women Leaders Program, mentoring adolescent girls and preparing them for leadership roles within their schools and communities. I’d been volunteering at the University Career Services as a Career Peer Education, helping others gain access to the plethora of resources UCS has to offer.  And I’d joined my sorority to be of service to all mankind.

I begin to notice some emerging patterns:

1)     I believed in social justice
2)     I liked working with the youth and…
3)     I liked helping people recognize and utilize their potential

Now all I had to do was put all of these elements together. I already knew that my dream of big bucks and corporate law weren’t in tune with the kinds of services to which I was actually drawn.

When I started talking to the career counselors, they were using terms such as “public service,” mentioning job search engines like “Idealist,” and organizations like AmeriCorps. I became exposed to the endless opportunities in this so-called public service sector. AmeriCorps alone has hundreds of different programs that range from meeting environmental needs to helping to close the education gap. I am lucky enough to have found a place within the Virginia College Advising Corps that allows me to serve high school students with resources and advice to make higher education an obtainable goal.

As for the big bucks…let’s just say job security is a plus.

I may have put the corner office on hold but I have gained more than I ever thought possible through my public service position. I have made friends with passionate colleagues, formed mentoring relationships with rambunctious students and realized I prefer jeans to suits. And it’s only been a year! My adviser position with VCAC allows me to be a part of the solution to a social problem and to encourage and provide resources to the youth. Need I say more?

If you don’t think that the public service sector is career worthy, talk to your career counselors and the people around you ( HoosOnline/UCAN). I’m sure their stories will tell you otherwise. Don’t think there’s a public service position out there that fits you? I dare you to type your keywords into CavLink (shameless plug) or Idealist.org and let the plethora of job listings wash down your results screen…

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Kate Melton
May 22nd, 2014

Guest blogger and UVA alum Larry Braman is a Los Angeles-based career consultant who helps people, from new grads to executives, find and create fulfilling, productive careers. For more of his career insights, visit his blog or Twitter feed—or work with him in person at next month’s 2 Day Land the Job You Want Summit! Read More »

An Open Letter to 2014 Graduates

Laura Craig
May 16th, 2014

Dear 2014 U.Va. Graduate,

Congratulations! While the summer after graduation is a great time to get some rest, it could also be the best time to take action on a job search or prepare for further graduate education. These major life transitions can provide exciting opportunities but also uncertainty. If you are feeling uncertain about your next steps, we want to remind you of the available resources at University Career Services (UCS). Read More »

Inside the Intern(Extern)ship: Gap Medics

Phoebe Weatherall
April 14th, 2014

Akwasi, a third-year and aspiring physician, took advantage of his spring break to learn more about the medical field. Supported by a grant from the Office of African American Affairs, he traveled to Thailand with Gap Medics. Keep reading to learn more about his trip and the Gap Medics program. Read More »

Inside the Internship: Theater Alliance

Phoebe Weatherall
March 20th, 2014

Stephanie LeBolt spent her summer with Theater Alliance in Washington D.C. working as an Artistic Associate. This was her first opportunity to work with a professional arts company in an artistic role. Read More »

Inside the Internship: Hollister, Inc.

Kate Melton
January 23rd, 2014

Like Jack, Andrew and Michael, Camille used the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) to find her summer internship. She worked for Hollister, Inc., which manufactures medical devices. Read More »

Inside the Internship: Open Roads Consulting

Kate Melton
January 7th, 2014

Like Jack and Andrew, Michael used the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) to find his summer internship. He worked for Open Roads Consulting, Inc. a company that has developed traffic management software. Read More »

Inside the Internship: Conflict Resolution in Bogotá

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Alan Brody spent the summer in Bogotá, Colombia where he combined his passions for music, dance, and kids to work with Move This World on its innovative, conflict resolution programs. Read More »

Inside the Internship: CSIIP 2

Phoebe Weatherall
November 20th, 2013

Like Jack Radcliffe, Andrew Tucker used the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) to find his summer internship. He worked for HemoSonics, a small biotech company in the Charlottesville area. Keep reading to learn more about CSIIP and Andrew’s incredible summer.
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Inside the Internship: Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

Phoebe Weatherall
November 11th, 2013

Jack Radcliffe used the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) to find his summer internship with Noblis, Inc. Keep reading to learn more about CSIIP. Read More »