I am a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, proudly serving 3 years. Upon my discharge, I decided to go to school to pursue my Nursing Degree. I graduated with a BA in Healthcare Administration from Ashford University.
While in school I took a work study job pay about minimum wages. My employer sent me to the VA Hospital in Saginaw, MI. As a result, I heard that veterans get first priority for government jobs. So, I would walk by the job board daily, seeing what jobs were available. For weeks I saw a housekeeping job, paying roughly $15 an hour. At that point, the money looked really good to me! I battled with myself: "Do I want to clean toilets for a living?" Luckily, to my better judgment, I applied for the job and I got it!!! I worked in housekeeping for one year before I was promoted to a medical support assistant, with a transfer to Loma Linda, CA.
After working in this job for a year, I was promoted, yet again, to Administrative Assistant. I am currently an Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Neurology. I have been with this agency for 8 years. The federal employment process can be long but the end result is well worth the wait. It is my sincerest desire to continue my studies and obtain my Masters in Healthcare Administration. Upon completion of my degree, I would like to obtain a job where I can continue to help veterans obtain the training or care they need to achieve whatever their goals. Working with Veterans means alot to me; I can understand their struggle because it has been my struggle as well.
I tell Veterans looking for Federal employment that applying for jobs is a numbers game. I tell them don’t get discouraged if you don’t make the cut the first, second or third time. Veterans must understand that you have to be persistent and consistent and make sure that your resume addresses what the job announcement is looking for.