2021 Student and New Professionals Summit

The 2021 Annual Conference featured a full-day Student and New Professional Summit, providing this special group of new public administrators with a valuable opportunity to gain some career development resources as they get started with their new degrees.

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Program:

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. ET
Welcome!

Welcome to the 2021 Students and New Professionals Summit, generously sponsored by the University of Delaware’s Biden School of Public Policy and Administration! This year’s online format is designed to provide you the essential learning, sharing and tools to help you on the next steps of your career path. Join us as ASPA leadership welcomes you and provides an overview of the day to come.
Presenters:
Kimberley Isett, Professor, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, Associate Dean for Research and Director, MPH- Health Policy and Management
Allan Rosenbaum
, ASPA President and Professor, Public Administration; Director, Institute for Public Management and Community Service and Center for Democracy and Good Governance, Florida International University
Kayla Schwoerer, ASPA Student Representative and Doctoral Student, Rutgers University - Newark
Kendra Stewart, ASPA Immediate Past President and Professor and Director, Riley Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. ET
Choosing Your Career Path: Considerations and Opportunities

As your degree program comes to a close, the next step is determining your career goals. Perhaps you know already whether you want to work in government (whatever that means), or you want to become a scholar. Maybe you’ve been guided to what others think you’d be good at but you’re not sure? There are many questions to consider as you start to plan life beyond your degree—and you’ve agonized over some of them already. Our experts will try to guide you to necessary questions, calm your anxieties and give you a way to make your own blueprint—for today, if not forever.
Presenter:
Agatha Caraballo,
Founding Director, Ferre Institute for Civic Leadership, Florida International University
Kitty Wooley, Founder, Senior Fellows and Friends

10:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Marketing Yourself on the Page

There are different perspectives on resumes and CVs. The advice you get depend on whom you ask. However, what cannot be disputed is their importance. Resumes and CVs are more than pieces of paper that you update at 3:00 a.m. prior to an interview. They are not documents for which you spend more time selecting fonts and styles than the substance included on them. They introduce you to a potential employer, sell your qualifications and skills to that employer and hopefully get you to the next step of the hiring process. We’ll split into two rooms—one for academic-oriented positions, one for practitioner—and walk through the dos and don’ts, frequent mistakes and critical details to be included on either a resume or CV, depending on where your future takes you. Have a copy of your own resume on hand and bring your questions; you’ll need them to make the most of this session. Q-and-A time will be provided.
Presenter:
Jessica Sowa,
Professor, University of Delaware
Bill Shields, Executive Director, ASPA

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Conversation

Learning from others is a critical step on the road to your future. Make the most of these (optional!) lunchtime discussions (one with public/nonprofit professionals, the other with scholars and academicians) to chat with our speakers, who are happy to provide you with their perspectives on the pros and cons to various careers. You never know what you’ll learn with this bunch!
Presenters:
Roslyn Alic-Batson, Capital Improvements Analyst, Miami-Dade County
Rachel Emas
, Assistant Teaching Professor and MPA Director, Rutgers University
Sean McCandless, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois—Springfield
Lindsey McDougle, Associate Professor, Rutgers University—Newark
Neil Reichenberg, Former Executive Director, International Personnel Management Association for Human Resources

1:05 p.m - 2:20 p.m.
The Art of the Cover Letter

If your cover letter merely repeats what a potential employer will read on your resume or CV, you are not writing it correctly. Cover letters are an essential piece of your application materials; done correctly, they flesh out your experiences and qualifications and directly tie them to the job to which you are applying. Once again, we’ll split into two rooms (academic and practitioner track) and discuss the tactics for producing a compelling cover letter suited for your sector and the specific job. Experience, examples, must-use language, protocol and more will be addressed.
Presenters:
Patria de Lancer Julnes, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Marxe School of Public & International Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY
Scott Pattison, Deputy Executive Director, Multistate Tax Commission

2:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Searching for the Jobs, Perfecting the Interviews

Congratulations! You are on the job search and maybe even have landed the interview. How can you help to ensure positive outcomes? Our experts will provide you with key tips, musts and nevers for undertaking a successful job search, making a good impression in the interview and landing the job! Choose the academic or practitioner discussion room and learn the essentials. Among others, this session will cover the following areas:

  • The difference between interviews rounds 1 and 2
  • What to negotiate and when
  • Interviewing on Zoom
  • Social skills—what to say, when to say it and what to avoid
Presenter:
Sebawit Bishu, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver
Charles Menifield, Dean, Rutgers University
Bill Shields, Executive Director, ASPA
Randi Kay Stephens, Associate Program Manager, Institute for Local Government
Asmait Tewelde, Meeting Director, AFIRE (Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate)

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Paths to Success, Lessons Learned

Defining long-term success can be a challenge. You may think you know what you want; but will you want the same thing as you progress in your career? If you are looking for a change, how do you make different choices? Hear firsthand from a panel of distinguished public service professionals, spanning academia and practice. They will share how they have defined “success” over the course of their careers, what paths they have taken, what they would have done differently and what lessons they have for you as your own career progresses.
Presenters:
Maria Aristigueta,
Dean, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware
James-Christian Blockwood, Executive Vice President, Partnership for Public Service
Janice Lachance, Executive Vice President, American Geophysical Union
Malcolm Oliver, Associate Dean, Excelsior College
Bill Valdez, Board Director, Alliance of Latinx Leadership & Policy

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
ASPA Student Awards and Closing Remarks

Last, but not least! Join us for this final session as we recognize this year’s Founders’ Fellows class, honor ASPA’s 2021 scholarship winners and celebrate student and new professional accomplishments.
Presenters:
Maria Aristigueta,
Dean, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware
Allan Rosenbaum, ASPA President and Professor, Public Administration; Director, Institute for Public Management and Community Service and Center for Democracy and Good Governance, Florida International University
Kayla Schwoerer, ASPA Student Representative and Doctoral Student, Rutgers University - Newark
Jessica Sowa, Professor, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware
Kendra Stewart, ASPA Immediate Past President and Professor and Director, Riley Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston

Awards Ceremony Sponsored By: