New Year, New Opportunites
First and foremost, happy new year to all!
I hope this new year offers everyone hope and an opportunity to move forward and pursue what makes you happy.
After a three-month vacation, I started a new job last week for the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs where I work as an information specialist in its Office of American Spaces.
This opportunity puts my journalism degree to use as I will do a lot of communications and writing for the Office’s e-reader projects.
Although my job is at the State Department, I am an employee of and paid by a consulting company called CITI that has a contract with State.
In the Washington metro area, most business is based on government contracts where a government institution will outsource work to private companies that compete for services, and contracts can be extended or re-competed.
The particular contract I am on is good for five years and is in the first month of its first year.
Unlike my last two jobs where I worked at the business that competed for contracts — where I was writing proposals or end-user documentation — this time I am doing a job at the actual customer’s site.
Right now I am ecstatic to be working again in a large organization that serves a purpose and I am surrounded by talented and interesting people. I just finished my first week and so far everything is going very well.
Now that I have a job, it’s on me to prove to my supervisors and coworkers why they picked me. In anything I have ever fully applied myself to, I’ve always tried to be someone who needs the reigns pulled back, not someone who needs a kick in the ass to get me started.
Hopefully I can stay with this opportunity for longer than 8 months and gain better career and financial ground.
Keep on keeping on
I still plan to keep this blog going because even though I am fortunate to have an opportunity, there are many more Millennials who do not and youth unemployment is again an enormous problem that is enormously underreported.
The new year is off to a good start, so let’s keep it going.