Government employers show opportunities for students

BY ADRIANA TROKA, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, the University of Michigan- Dearborn held a Government Career Fair in Kochoff Hall B and C with agencies and companies like Tardec, Fairfax County Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, Peace Corps, D.E.A. and many more.

Many of the career opportunities advertised did not require a specific degree in any field, however, training from the employer, and a specified grade point average (depending on career field) was mandatory.Applicants must be United States citizens and age heavily mattered when applying for a career in one of these fields as well; some jobs were 18 and over, others were 21 and older.

For instance, Justin Mitchell, a workforce development team leader, and lead Human Capital Analyst of Tardec, explained that many students that get accepted into the summer internship, and complete it, have been offered jobs with Tardec as well.

Some eligibility requirements are such as: must be a U.S. citizen at time of application, must be 18 years of age or older, must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to 4.0, and must have the ability to obtain and maintain at least a secret security clearance with the government.

Air Marshal, Jon Haines with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), explained that the requirements of obtaining employment with the agency are students who must be a U.S. citizen, 21 years of age, pass a background check and obtain top security clearance, and also have a firearm qualification.

Detectives Roy Choe, and Lam T. Nguyen, from Fairfax County, Virginia, mentioned that they are looking to add about 100 new officers to their family. Detective Choe, explained that Fairfax county is home to 4.2 million people, it has eight districts, and about 1,500 sworn officers.

Michael Gall, an ex-volunteer, and a representative of the Peace Corps, explained that anyone can volunteer and join the Peace Corps family.

Gall further explained that the application process will take about two to three months, and afterwards, the applicant can choose their destination, or choose to be placed where there is a high need of volunteers and complete the two year program. Mr. Gall also added that, the PEACE Corps is responsible for any expenses for the volunteer.

Dorian Bushi, an engineering student at UM-Dearborn found the career fair to be extremely helpful. Bushi added, “It is extremely important for students to get a chance where they can meet with possible future employers in a more relaxing atmosphere.” Bushi declared that he was looking forward to getting more information about TSA and Tardec.

Macies Pilipovic, a student pursuing a career in the medical studies, wasn’t looking for any specific agency, he visited the career fair in hopes on obtaining more information in companies that he wasn’t aware of and finding something that is intriguing to him.

Pilipovic explains that “I am here to find something that catches my eye, so far I really like the D.E.A.”