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#687 - 12/16/2001 13:16 PM How do I get into the (inner-circle) at work now that I've graduated at 47?
b1flyfish Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/16/2001
Loc: Utah
I've been with my employer for 15 years. I work for a municipal landfill. My job title, which is in the environmental compliance field, is called (Waste Inspector). Now that I've completed a BS degree in business management (3.85 GPA) my employer could care less. That's what I believe. The director of this municipal landfill congratulated me on my graduation, however he never offered me a helping hand at getting an internship within the County Government System. He told me that no internships where available. I found out one week after talking to him that an intern had just been hired in our department. I must be to old I guess. Maybe I'm not related to anybody in political positions. I could retire in 10 years at my present salary. I want to move into a better paying administrative job where I work. I need management experience, however. Additionally, I also need political connections. Any feedback?

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#688 - 12/17/2001 12:12 PM Re: How do I get into the (inner-circle) at work now that I've graduated at 47?
Anonymous
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Why not check out what career positions require a BS degree in Business Management?

See what your options are, and target positions you are interested in. Just because your employer does not seem to want to promote you to another position doesn't mean you cannot attain another position in a different company or field, or one where you would attain management experience.

You might also contact other key personnel within the county system. Start to network, and build some connections. You persevered this long - don't give up on your goal! :)

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#689 - 12/22/2001 15:17 PM Re: How do I get into the (inner-circle) at work now that I've graduated at 47?
Anonymous
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FlyFish,

Don't let them off the hook so easily! Did your organization pay for your education, through a Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) benefit? If they did, they do understand the connection between education and increased productivity. If they don't offer a substantial TAP - then that should tell you something. TAPs are also used to strengthen employee recruiting and retention efforts.

Government, on any level, does not always offer the most innovative work environment. You may want to seek employment outside the government, but still with environmental companies. Often, adults complete degrees and expect an immediate new job, title and greater pay. This is not always the case. There are no guarantees, and things take time. Understand that "politics" play a part in every sector of business - government and corporate America - even within higher education. That is why it is so important to have your degree to help open doors of possibilities.

Remember, education is yours. It is more than what a paycheck represents. You are the "master of your own universe", so don't give up. Keep networking and applying for many jobs - within government - or not. - Faith

Dr. Faith Ivery
Educational Advisory Services

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#690 - 12/31/2001 09:16 AM Re: How do I get into the (inner-circle) at work now that I've graduated at 47?
redrich Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/04/2001
First, congratulations on obtaining that Degree! Way to go!

I know that municipalities and health departments have boards that one can apply to participate in. I would try that route. It's a good way to get your name out there and to make connections. I know locally we have a sewer district board, a solid waste board, and a water quality board, to name a few. I'm sure your experience would qualify you for board membership.

Good luck!
_________________________
Don't ask yourself what the world needs.
Ask yourself what makes you come alive, then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

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#691 - 03/10/2002 08:57 AM Re: How do I get into the (inner-circle) at work now that I've graduated at 47?
timmyq45 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/10/2002
Loc: bay area
I work for county government also - one thing that you have to realize is that you may have to leave to get promoted. I certainly think staying in the same retirement system is a good idea, since you have o much time invested, but I think you might need to think of other positions outside of your current area. Perhaps another job in the county might have an opening for someone with your degree. Keep looking and use your connections and friends to help you!!

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