In 1996, after deciding that I was ready to relocate and change career fields, I was a police officer at the time, I thought about my marketability. I had a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Education and varied experiences.
I knew that I was ready to get out of the law enforcement field, but I wasn’t sure what career field I was ready to enter. One thing was for sure however, I needed an advanced degree to be more marketable.
Because I was already in Law Enforcement I felt the best degree for me would be in Criminal Justice. I took two classes and needless to say, I didn’t like it. A girlfriend of mine at the time, during a discussion about college, told me about one of the local colleges starting a new Masters degree program in Public Administration.
Of course my first question after looking at her a little strange was, “what is Public Administration?” She explained it this way, PA is a field for administrators that crosses just about all career fields. She pointed out all of the major careers: Chief of Police, Directors, Program Managers, City and County Managers, Executive Directors, the list went on. I had never heard of PA and did not think of any of these positions until that moment.
Of course I researched the field myself and I was excited about what I learned, so what did I do? I enrolled in the program and needless to say I have been in the field ever since.
I love the fact that Public Administration is a broad field. As a Public Administrator, I have worked for local governments, higher education, nonprofit organizations and a consultant to businesses that have philanthropic programs.
So, my question to you, how were you introduced to Public Administration and what do you LOVE about it?