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Old 08-17-2019, 07:22 AM
 
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I honestly feel as if i wasted my time getting a degree in public policy.

Aside from non profits and government agencies, I don't know what other types of jobs I should look at.

I have already done two internships, one at the city hall, and the other at the state house.

I was in Americorps for two years and I was an entrepreneurship teacher at a high school for one year, after I tutored students earning their GEDs. I encouraged one student, who completed the program, who was unsure of herself in community college to stay in college, and I helped her with her assignments.

Even though I was not a licensed teacher and I had no background of degree in entrepreneurship or business, I was still able to have my students do a business plan and about ten of them received prizes from $100 to $25, for their business plan and video.

What jobs do you think I could apply to or would make a good fit for? I know being involved with the youth could be a good match but I want to know any other ideas.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:30 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I honestly feel as if i wasted my time getting a degree in public policy.
What jobs can I take as a public policy major?
What jobs were you told or did you expect to qualify for?
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:41 AM
 
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Ok, may sound dumb, but you're going to have to explain what an undergrad degree in public policy is and what courses are taught for us to make sound suggestions on which way you could go. I've worked my whole career in government and have never met anyone with an undergrad degree in public policy so I have no idea what one would do with it. Most jobs in government are just like everywhere else -- engineers, accountants, etc. The folks I've known who got public policy degrees are those who had a bachelors in a regular field and a lot of experience and went back for a masters in public policy to get promoted into management positions.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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I have already done two internships, one at the city hall, and the other at the state house.
You should be mining those connections you made during the internships for government jobs. That's 3/4 of the reason you do internships.

You could work for a state rep or a senator as an advisor. You could work for companies that do a lot of work that requires government approval as a government relations liaison.

Look at your state and local webpages at the jobs available and start there.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:56 AM
 
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Are you trying to make fun of Mayor Pete?
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Old 08-17-2019, 02:31 PM
 
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I honestly feel as if i wasted my time getting a degree in public policy.

Aside from non profits and government agencies, I don't know what other types of jobs I should look at.

I have already done two internships, one at the city hall, and the other at the state house.

I was in Americorps for two years and I was an entrepreneurship teacher at a high school for one year, after I tutored students earning their GEDs. I encouraged one student, who completed the program, who was unsure of herself in community college to stay in college, and I helped her with her assignments.

Even though I was not a licensed teacher and I had no background of degree in entrepreneurship or business, I was still able to have my students do a business plan and about ten of them received prizes from $100 to $25, for their business plan and video.

What jobs do you think I could apply to or would make a good fit for? I know being involved with the youth could be a good match but I want to know any other ideas.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Not sure I understand why you are asking this now. Why did you choose this course of study? What was your motivation? Did you have any career goals in mind before starting? Did they change in the process? If they did, what did that steer you towards?
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Public policy is a degree that works better with internships. I was a Political Science major and I did an internship with a city's planning department. During that internship, I did a traffic study and collected data for an annexation study. I also got to sit in on the city manager's department heads meeting. At the end of the internship I was offered a job. that probably would have set me on a path for a career in public policy, if I had taken it.
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Old Yesterday, 06:50 AM
 
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I’m not sure what sort of training you got with a public policy degree undergrad (my sister has a graduate degree in public policy management), but you may be able to look at jobs like contract specialist with the feds- assuming your degree has the right coursework. You could also look at management and program analyst starting at the GS-7 level. I am not sure what type of work you did at city hall/state house, but if they were budget related, those could help. Also look for work that relates to what you did in your internships.
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Old Yesterday, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Make a list of the skills you've acquired and look for careers that are a good match for those skills. That's the "what can you do" part. Second part is "what do you like to do": career preferences - you've already identified that you like to teach people new things, and you like working with young people.

A good free resource for exploring occupations is My Next Move:

https://www.mynextmove.org/

If you click on the Tell Us What You Like To Do button on the right, it will lead you through a simplified version of the Self-Directed Search, and suggest careers you might want to explore:

https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip

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Old Today, 09:58 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Here we have two sites that post only government jobs, city, state, county, airports etc. I would suggest looking through their postings and look for jobs that require that degree. Here where I work that would be a good degree for working in our Public Affairs Department, where we have a government relations staff, including policy analysts. These links are for the Puget Sound (Seattle) area, but most public agencies have similar jobs, and there may be equivalent websites in your location.



AWC JobNet - Search jobs


https://govjobstoday.com/
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