Federal careers spotlight: pathways programs

Many students are attracted to the possibility of having a stable job, good benefits, purpose in their work and career mobility.  That all can be found in various occupations and sectors, including the public sector.

Who’s the largest employer in the U.S.?  Ford, Boeing, GE, Amazon or Chase?

Nope, it’s the U.S. Federal Government.  Interested?  Read on …

  • Does landing a federal job sound possible?
  • What are federal careers like?
  • Doe all federal employees work in D.C.?
  • Is submitting a resume through USAJOBS.gov actually help you land interviews?
  • Do only Poly Sci majors get federal jobs? What if I’ve studied math or biology or Sociology?
  • Are salaries comparable to private sector employers?

Great questions.  If you are a student or recent graduate considering seeking a federal career, look no further than the Pathways Programs.

“The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service. As a student or recent graduate, you can begin your career in the Federal government by choosing the path that best describes you and where you are in your academics.”

Maybe you are wondering how your UW major may map to federal jobs?

Explore this list of federal occupations by college major.  UW has many awesome majors that aren’t on this list, so if your major isn’t represented see the last section (“any major”) of this handout for ideas of what you are qualified for.

Need to talk with someone and sort through all this information?  The Career & Internship Center can help!

By Patrick Chidsey
Patrick Chidsey Associate Director & Career Coach