2023 Federal IT Career Workshop
2023 Federal IT Career Workshop
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM) (EDT)
Opening Doors to Careers in Government
The Federal government is the largest employer in the world with a workforce of more than 2 million strong, dedicated to improving the lives of the American people. The talent recruitment effort is ongoing year to year, nationwide, with 22% of all federal employees in Washington, DC and the other 80% around the United States and across the world. In this post-pandemic world, much has changed. Companies are downsizing, and you may be concerned your applications may go unanswered. Take heart: the government, with its vast array of job openings, is hiring, and this half day program will teach you how to open doors to positions with varied growth paths, solid benefits, mobility across agencies, and widely diverse roles. You’ll shake hands with the movers and shakers in government who can teach you the next step in a fulfilling career in government. Join AFFIRM for this in-person workshop as you navigate your path through a career in government.
- Explore programs developed to encourage college graduates to enter government service including the Pathways program that connects students from high school through post-graduate school with career development opportunities.
- Review the benefits of working for the government including loan department forgiveness, pay equity, flexible work hours, and other work/life enrichments.
- Learn about the variety of missions and positions available that inspire applicants from technology jobs in law enforcement to research in healthcare to travel to the moon.
- Discuss programs that encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in government hiring such as the Department of Labor’s Workforce Recruitment Program.
|9:00 – 9:15 a.m.|
Welcome & Introduction
|9:15 – 9:45 a.m.||Fireside Chat: The Pathway to Government Career|
The Federal government is the largest employer in the world with a workforce of more than 2 million strong, dedicated to improving the lives of the American people. The talent recruitment effort is ongoing year to year; in 2020, USAJOBS.gov hosted over 330,000 job announcements. This keynote will explore the pathway to a government career for you.
|9:45 – 10:15 a.m.||Embracing the Shift: From College to Career|
This session will explore programs that welcome and encourage college graduates to enter government service including the Pathways program that connects students from high school through post-graduate school with career development opportunities.
|10:15 – 10:45 a.m.||Uncle Sam Wants You: Why Work for the Government|
As a student, you may wonder if a career in government is for you. Questions about what a Federal career can offer you, what kind of jobs do government agencies offer, what career paths are available, how flexible is work location, and where can your education fit in may be on your mind. This panel will break it all down for you and tell you how to enter a career in public service.
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
|Break & Exhibits|
|11:00 – 11:30 a.m.||The Many Faces of Technology in Government|
Government agencies pursue a wide variety of missions, and applicants can apply for a broad swath of technology jobs from law enforcement to research in healthcare to traveling to the moon. This panel will talk about the day-to-day jobs that support government agency missions.
|11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Be a Government Superhero: Facial Recognition, Drones, Ransomware, Fraud|
Think working for the government is boring? Some of the coolest agencies in government employ park rangers, wildlife biologist, undercover agents, astronauts, meteorologist, and archaeologist. Government missions are both varied and vital. This panel will explore the emerging technologies that support our nation’s heroes.
|12:00 – 12:30 p.m.|
10780 Parkridge Boulevard, 1st Floor
Reston, VA 20191 United States
Parking: Free parking is available at this location.
Metro Station: 4 minute walk via Silver Line; Parkridge Blvd metro stop