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UHV to host lecture about federal government careers

By Victoria Advocate
March 23, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated March 22, 2013 at 10:23 p.m.

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Ayesha Edwards-Kemp will present a lecture on working and applying for a job with the federal government.

WHEN: Noon Wednesday

WHERE: Alcorn Auditorium of UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

COST: Free

Getting a job with the U.S. federal government can seem overwhelming and confusing, but Ayesha Edwards-Kemp will clear things up Wednesday during her visit to the University of Houston-Victoria.

Edwards-Kemp, a management and program analyst in the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, is a volunteer with Partnership for Public Service.

This nonprofit organization works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve through programs like the Call to Serve Speakers Bureau.

The Call to Serve Speakers Bureau is comprised of employees from different federal agencies who talk to college students about what it means to be a federal employee, the realities of working for the federal government and the benefits available.

"We are excited to have Ms. Edwards-Kemp visit our university and give our students an inside look at what it's like to work for the federal government," said UHV Career Services Manager Eunice Mesa. "With baby boomers retiring, there are a lot of new opportunities for the younger generations to work for the federal government. It will be good for our students and the interested public to come and learn how they can get their foot in the door."

There also are job opportunities in the federal government that people might not be aware of, Edwards-Kemp said.

Edwards-Kemp will explain to lecture attendees the process of applying for a job using the website, give tips and answer questions.

"I like working for the federal government because there are good opportunities," she said. "I've been able to do a lot of different things that add to my resume but make it so I haven't been doing the exact same thing all these years."

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