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Welcoming a New Generation to Public Service

You Have Your MPA! Now What?

By PA TIMES online
July 7, 2015


As we close out graduation season, a new crop of eager new professionals are heading into the workforce. For those pursuing a career in the public sector, the masters of public administration or public policy, or MPA/MPP degree, is often considered the “professional’s degree.” It offers core skills for working in the public and nonprofit sector as well as important leadership and management skills.

Contribute to the July editions of PA TIMES as we explore:

  • What career alternatives exist outside the public sector for MPA/MPP graduates?
  • How can the MPA curriculum better prepare students for a changing public sector?
  • Training versus experience, does the MPA/MPP matter in the workplace?
  • How has the MPA/MPP degree influenced career choices for midcareer or new professionals?

The future does look bright for 2015 graduates. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers plan to hire 9.6 percent more graduates than they did from the previous graduating class. However, they also note that degrees in engineering, business and computer science are in higher demand. Where does that leave the MPA graduate?

This month, PA TIMES online invites articles and columns that explore next steps for students and recent graduates of MPA programs. From making the transition to the workforce as a new professional to returning to a new field with enhanced skills through the MPA program, what challenges exist?

Please take a moment to review our guidelines before submitting. A few highlights:

  • PA TIMES follows AP format.
  • Articles should be no more than 850 words.
  • References and citations are not published.
  • A 60 word author bio and contact email must accompany the submission.

Send your articles for consideration via email to [email protected] by Friday, July 17.

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