January 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM

JumpStart January: Navigating the New Administration

by Charlie Kovach

GU Politics welcomed Gitanjali Borkar, Margot Conrad, Geoffrey Okamoto, and Jennie Fay to Georgetown for “Navigating the New Administration,” an event with the Walsh School of Foreign Service Graduate Career Center. Moderated by Scott Fleming from Georgetown University’s Office of Federal Relations, the panel explored how to navigate political or policy job searches during a new Congress and a Presidential transition.

To kick off the discussion, Scott asked the panelists what single piece of advice they would give to new graduates beginning the job search. “Don’t stress about what your first job is,” replied Fay, “it will lead you to new opportunities.” The panelists also noted the importance of leveraging your network, getting yourself out there, and approaching the job search with a degree of humility.

One student in attendance asked the panelists how they would know if politics and policy were a good fit for them. Fleming noted, “it depends on your resilience and your tolerance for uncertainty.” Borkar--a Hoya herself (MPP '15)-- counseled students to utilize the career services offered here at Georgetown to help them navigate career possibilities.

Ultimately, the panelists had one clear message for students: be persistent and be patient.

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