Finding Your “Why”
I work in government and have been in this sector for the past 10 years of my career. Often, this means public service employees are under-resourced when compared to private sector companies. What makes it possible for someone like me to continue in public service is more than just the job — it’s a belief and ideology that we are here to serve.
In government, we believe every person has a right to access services, and it is the responsibility of said public service employees and elected officials alike to serve the population you are elected or hired to represent.
I grew up in an immigrant family as a first-generation American, which meant I was often translating and interpreting for my family, mostly around government programs and policies that were not easy to understand, even in the English language.
So, what is it that drives me?
It’s the workplace culture and team that motivates and drives an employee like me to succeed — and again, the belief that the work I do makes a difference and can make an impact on the lives of others. It is a privilege to be able to work in this field, as information and language access are important in knowing what decisions or policies may directly impact residents or families like mine.