Does an MPA degree help in a career pursuit?

Public Sector Trends

Does an MPA degree help in a career pursuit?

Posted on July 11th, by Alena Dunham in Trends. 1 Comment

What if you are in a particular job that you love and you would like get promoted or advance in your organization? Obtaining a master’s degree in Public Administration or Public Policy is definitely an achievement that could assist you developing a career with lasting benefits and excellent pay. In many areas of the country, … Read More »


Public Speaking: A Simple Strategy for Improving Your Skills

Posted on July 11th, by Rafael Baptista in Trends. No Comments

Over the last decade I have performed public debates and speeches in four countries and three continents in a variety of venues ranging from two-person rooms to theaters with hundreds of spectators to the maximum security wing of the Oregon State Penitentiary. In all those speeches and debates, I learned one critical lesson: public speaking … Read More »


Is an HR Career Right For You?

Posted on July 9th, by Scott Boulton in Trends. No Comments

I have had this HR career conversation with many a person looking to get into the field of Human Resources.  Often it is with either a student who has commenced their studies in HR or has just graduated from an HR program.  Sometimes this discussion takes place with individuals looking to make a career switch … Read More »


Crisis in Blue Within the Policing Profession

Posted on July 9th, by G.M. Cox in Trends. No Comments

Over the next 20 years, and more importantly the next five years, we will see a huge rush of Baby Boomers and older Generation Xers exiting the workplace and entering into their retirement years. This organizational memory and labor exodus is especially true of the policing profession since many states have 20 year retirement systems … Read More »


Spin Sucks: Public Sector Communication Strategies in the Digital Age

Posted on July 9th, by Mardee Handler in Trends. No Comments

Public relations for state and local governments has many parallels to its private sector counterpart. By definition, PR is a strategic communication process that “builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.” (Public Relations Society of America, 2012)

Perhaps the most significant common thread over the past decade is that the digital world has changed … Read More »


Lessons From the Possum

Posted on June 10th, by Jerry Schuber in Trends. No Comments

I once had a possum on my sorting line.  Weird way to start an article I know but bear with me.  The possum had come in the back of a garbage truck with a load to my transfer station.  Who knows how he got there, one can only guess it was in the container when … Read More »


Improve your LinkedIn Profile

Posted on June 9th, by Erica Tew in Trends. No Comments

Everyone has probably been told many times now that job seekers should be on LinkedIn.  It’s a great networking tool and can help build your digital presence, impressing an employer when they Google you.  It can also help you get found by recruiters and introduce you to many people who will give you advice or … Read More »


Federal Government Trends: Contracting, HR, Budget & IT

Posted on May 12th, by Alfred Hull in Trends. 2 comments

While it is valuable to know what is trending, it is critical to contemplate what benefits your future and what empowers you to fulfill your personal potential. Assess viable options. The Federal Government offers opportunities in Contracting, Human Resources, Budget and IT. When I made my transition from my military career, I had to balance … Read More »


Outsourcing Can Lead to Increased Government Efficiencies

Posted on May 9th, by Mardee Handler in Trends. No Comments

Nothing drives innovation like challenge. The silver lining in the cloud of fiscal strain facing many local governments is that nothing drives innovation quite like challenge.  The great recession has produced buzz phrases that are already growing tired, from “doing more with less” to “the new normal.”  But in contrast to tired phrases, many local … Read More »


Treat Your Professional Identity Like Metadata

Posted on May 9th, by David Shindler in Trends. No Comments

Big data is a hot topic. Mega corporations like Google and Amazon glean huge volumes of information about their customers’ interests and spending patterns. The furore over the Edward Snowden revelations propelled the word metadata from the private lexicon of IT professionals into the mainstream political and media spotlight.

So how do you Treat Your Professional … Read More »