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Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?

Hello,



I'm a graduating senior in political science at a major four year university in the southeastern United States of America. I will be graduating in May of 2012 with honors hopefully if all goes well in the summer and fall semesters. I've looked at my university's career services with tons of resources just I cannot conceptualize what us blind people can do and what we cannot do in terms of visual requirements of a job. I've look at usajobs.gov with some decent success just haven't got a clue what search terms to put into the location nor the search box. The search results for immigration, immigration officer, socail services, public broadcasting, etc haven't come up with favorable results cause of wanting either too much experience, in another dicipline in high demand (e.g. nursing, it tech, psychologists, social worker with masters degree, etc). The only job result that came up that was decent was in lancing, Michigan with a Department of Human Resource job jiust am affraid to test my level cause having no experience and all.


In conclusion, I'm just afraid to see what the world will be like cause there are jobs that we simply cannot do at this point in time. I thought about teaching, working for the DNC (currenty no posts), communications, public relations or other ideas. I've looked countless times at the AFB Career Connect without much success if you ask me. The people on there have somewhat a clue just that they either have experience in a masters fild or have ignored me or don't have a contact e-mail. How crazy is that man? Thanks for any urls, ad content information as to what I should look into for what a blind recently graduating senior with a b.a in political science should look into. I've looked at acb.org and other job databases without much success. Its hard not only in this recession just period cause some whwant a drivers licenses, keeping up with records, keeping a track of the fiscal budget (Portland, Oregon), looking at pictures (immigration officer), etc. Thanks for further opinions into wht I shold look at in the future whether government, private business or nonprofit!

adios,
Peter

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Re:Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



Hello,

Federal jobs are more and more abundant, plus there is fast tracking for persons with disabilities right now. You should be learning the process, you can check out www.usajobs.com and www.dol.gov/odep to learn a lot more about this. The federal government is looking to hire 100,000 persons with disabilities (started around a year ago), but has just defined the plans for agencies to make this possible.

There are tons of opportunities right now -- I wouldn't discount jobs so quickly. There are such things as job accommodations and the federal government is pretty stringent on providing these. When you are starting a job, you have to fill out a form with what types of job accommodations you will need. I would explore and contact persons working in these types of jobs, just to get an idea of what the job tasks and duties entail.

Often you have to take tests or exams for qualification for federal jobs, not all of them, but some. In this climate, it may be important to be open to moving, if you can, not everyone can do this. But, a lot of these jobs provide godd starting salaries and great benefits.

They even have a federal job fair aimed at persons with disabilities. Plus, there is disability mentoring day, where you could be connected with a person emplyed in a field of interest in your area. You should check this out, it is in October (college students, high school students, and even persons who recently started working take advantage of this -- some great networking opportunities available.).

I hope this helps or gets you motivated.
Check out ww.opm.gov (Office of Personel Management), you should find the process for persons with disabilities. Call them if you have questions too.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


Re:Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



The sites posted by Joe are accurate but you must know they are not adaptive to those who are visually impaired. If you are schedule A qualified you must apply directly to each Agency hiring manager and hope that you will be considered.

I have tried Jobs US and Avue as well as local workforce centers for the past 8 years. Simply because you have a degree will not open doors for you as suggested by institutions of higher education.

Keep in mind that the government will present jobs to veterans before the disabled.


Re:Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



Follow Up regarding Department of Labor, they as well post all jobs at USA Jobs. Gov and you must follow same Schedule A hiring protocol unless you apply in competitively.

I would not get my hopes up if I were you. You will be lucky if one of the government based sheltered environments pretend to offer you a real job. Employment for the blind is very disporportinate and comptition against other unemployment does not improve chances.

You would most likely do better if you take your PL studies and extend to a legal career where you will have opportunity to have a real job with a living wage.


Re:Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



Addition:

The Department of Labor actually just hired a hiring manager who will specifically work with persons with disabilities. USAJOBs also launched an app so that you could follow jobs via smart phone as well.

Just wanted to provide more information related to the topic. Have a great holiday weekend!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


Re:Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



Joe, with all due respect how many blind people can SEE a Smart Phone? Does AFB have the $2,500 dollars of more to pay for the phone that utilizes text to speech. Get real, this is asking those who can barely keep a roof over their head to spend even more money for useless trinkets that benefit only carriers and suppliers of products not the blind consumer.

Do you not think it is time to consider the needs of the blind rather than than those of the sighted who attempt to mask their disconcern for thoes who really want to work.

We learn how to use our internet and our house phone so what is wrong with these alleged hiring managers to call us directly or to respond to our email?

This is such a biased organization towards sighted individuals, and the fact that current hiring trends are not designed to help the blind but to further impede their chances of working.


Re:Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



This is a great opportunity to promote the great articles available from AccessWorld at www.afb.org/aw. The Apple iPhone has voiceover and zoom built into the device for no extra cost. There are tons of peopler who are blind or visually impaired using the Apple iPhone or an Android System based phone (smart phones). It truly is an exciting times. I have met high school students who are blind who utilize these devices, not to mention the adults.

If we want to go into accessible cell phones that are not smart phones, the Samsung Haven from Verizon is a great feature phone that offers accessibility built in. It is a pretty exciting time for us right now. They say about 60 percent of the apps available through the iPhone are accessible, pretty good. Android has come a long way, but the accessibility deals with downloading apps and some settings. Pretty exciting stuff. I don't think everyone has these devices, but if they do, why not utilize some other great resources.

Have an amazing day!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


Re:Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



Joe,

Good for you always trying to defend AFB and selling the highpriced useless tools that people who have to survive on mediocre SSDI and some with nothing at all cannot afford.

Your alleged articles at AFB are useless bits of information for the most part. We need Jobs that pay a living wage not useless suggestions. We need resources that will cease prying into our personal lives and accept our ability to work and respect our rights to being independent and self-sufficient. We to not have people like you who seem to have an answer for everything or so you think you do.

Where are the actual jobs? Why keep posting for those who are trying to make themselves look good when they have no intention of hiring?

This was to be a message board for constiuents and you try and control everything this is a violation of free expression, one more attempt to take what few priviledges we have left.

So I tell others think twice about any information or advice you have to offer.


Re: Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



I was a graduating senior in 1974 with a B.A. in Political Science. I am totally blind now and was totally blind then. I took the Federal Civil Service Exam and got a Civil Service rating, which is a number. I was offered several jobs based on that rating and did take one of them. Perhaps things have changed since 1974. On the other hand, until you take Civil Service examinations and get a rating and get on the lists, you will not get job listings for which you qualify.


Re: Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



That is a great point, I strongly suggest persons to take the necessary examinations for state and federal governments. Having that rating is a great way to be connected to jobs that you are qualified for, otherwise you are just guessing and truly not qualified because you have not completed the necessary requirements.

Thank you for posting! This will be great information for persons in the future. Some of the higher level positions also require special courses as well.

Have a great day!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


Re: Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



What federal examinations are you guys talking about? I'd like to point out that I'm in no way down on myself like the other blind person is by any means. I have another resource for us blind people in a similar predictament in http://www.wrp.gov that helps existing college students in college and recent graduates to obtain part-time to full-time jobs for free! Actually I want to announce that I have a logistics management full-time job at a military base in defense contracting because of Jo over the years! I'm not a suckup just saying why focus on only the negative and work with what you have? By the way, I'm the original poster who was down on myself as well and am a becoming a democrat in the November elections! Thanks Jo for the help and the other poster for the resources!


Re: Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



This is great news, I am excited that you got your foot in the door and made it happen! Great stuff! Are you a mentor on AFB CareerConnect at:
http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?FolderID=2&Section...

Civil Service Tests -- Not all positions require this type of examination, some specific positions require more specific testing. The state government also utilize these types of civil service testing in certain states -- not all. I didn't have to do one in Florida, but they use them in WV. I believe it all depends on the position.

Thank you so much for posting! Thank you for letting us know that you made things happen.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


Re: Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



Dear Jo,


Well, I feel like I am obligated to give all of you an update on my recent job experience. I worked for the Red Stone Arsonal base in Huntsville, Alabama in the DLA or Department of Logistics Affairs in Disposition Services being an automation worker titled property disposal technitian. This position required workers to essentially mark items and pickup objects over seventy-five pounds and the work place was also dangerous for blind people. For example, fork lifts, cranes, heavy equipment, etc constantly moving around and falling objects isn't exactly condusive in inclusions for the blind but it did for a fellow worker who was deaf though.


I learned in this process that disclosing your disability on the job interview is essential. Meaning that if your vision is either screen magnifier level or screen reader that it is important to disclose that information pronto to your employer. Also, what are your limitations and your adaptations to the work place and test your strategies out in real-time. A perfect time for this is a volunteer internship or something else though just my two cents in on that as well. If you guys think of anything that can help me find another position somewhere else like the url: www.jobhuntersbible.com gleamed from the AFB articles then that would be awesome.


talk soon,
Peter Q Wolfe, ba


Re: Federal jobs for a graduating senior in political science?



Peter provided some great input.

I started addressing a different post -- sorry for putting Peter's name on top -- I was addressing some of the other posts too.

All the best!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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