The year was 2006. I began my civil service employment journey working in state government for the first time. At that time, I envisioned learning as much as I could about the welfare system—the application process, eligibility determination criteria, policies, legal bases, hearings, and other aspects that would help clients.

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Later that year while maintaining my full time employment, I enrolled in graduate school to earn my Masters Degree because I wanted to add credentials to my resume and add to my personal growth and development. While working within state government, I quickly learned that time wasn’t always treated as an asset and many managers didn’t believe that the agency they worked within was a business or that the agency had a business philosophy of any kind. After earning my Masters Degree in 2008, I decided to work on my Doctorate Degree in Business Management to gain advanced tools to meet two new objectives—prove the agency is and has always been a business through the gained knowledge I acquired by working on a terminal degree, and work in a non-partisan research services bureau. I thought I wanted to make a major contribution to my government. I completed the degree in 2011, published my study, and had the letters behind my name as a doctor, but I failed both objectives. I was never hired or considered to work in the bureau. I received notes of apologies for not responding to my letters of interest, and statements that there were no current openings. I was encouraged to continue monitoring for opportunities, and there was nothing concrete to secure a job that would use my skills, credentials, knowledge, and abilities. I was also denied for promotions based on archaic and antiquated civil service rules. In 2013, I was reassigned to an office that ultimately increased my expenses in parking and gas, and my decline in any upward mobility within state government began. My duties were reassigned as well as my geographical location of where I reported to work, but my civil service classification was not reassigned for four years. I worked a job for four years where the pay of that job was listed as paying more than the pay I actually received, and after I was reclassified in 2017, my pay remains less than the pay of the classification of duties I remain assigned to perform. This was not the recipe I wanted… I needed EMPOWERMENT! I realized I needed to be free!


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