The Path to My Dream Job – Chapter 3
After a few hiccups regarding my interview process for ABC Agency, I was ecstatic to find out that I had been offered a STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program) position with them where I would essentially be functioning as a junior level I/O Psychologist. The position was part time and paid, and could possibly lead to a full time opportunity in the future. The position was a fantastic experience, and I got to meet some great people during my time there. Unfortunately, as many of you are well aware, this was also right around the time that the government was having the whole budget crises and threatening to shut down and go into a furlough.
With this in mind, I knew that as much as my supervisor and co-workers would have loved to have me become a permanent member of the team, there was little chance that they would be able to hire me once the semester was up. Through a bit of serendipity however, I happened to be talking with a classmate of mine when I found out that there was a SCEP (Student Continuing Employment Program) Human Resources position opening up at her agency.
Note: For those who aren’t aware of the difference, the major difference between the two programs is that SCEP interns are guaranteed a non-competitive conversion to a full-time federal employee status once they successfully complete their academic program.
In terms of government internships, getting a SCEP internship was the top of the line. I mean, come on, guaranteed employment as a federal employee once you finish your academic program and fulfill your duties and responsibilities? Job security? Full time? Benefits? Sign me up!
After submitting my resume and going through the interview process, I was offered a SCEP position with XYZ Agency. This came shortly before my STEP internship with ABC Agency was about to end, and though I was sad to leave, I felt that this was the best choice for me since becoming unemployed again would have meant back into the abyss of the unknown.
Looking back on it, I had managed to do the impossible. Not only did I manage to find employment in these difficult economic times, but I managed to gain employment with the federal government (in the event you are not aware why this is so prized, be on the lookout for a future post on this). In addition, let’s not forget that I was now on track to become a Human Resources Specialist.
So I had the Holy Grail of jobs right? Full-time job, benefits, job security, twenty minute commute, flexible work hours (I could work 9 hours a day so that I could get every other Friday off), Federal employee… What more could a person ask for in these tough times? At the time, my answer would have been, “Nothing more. My job hunt is finally over.”
Or so I thought…