NPCA, NorCal Help Returned Volunteers Get Their Careers on Track
By Kelly Reid on Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Serving in the Peace Corps provides Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) with a unique set of skills that allow them to easily distinguish themselves from other candidates when looking for employment. Creativity, intelligence, passion, ingenuity, and the ability to overcome nearly any form of adversity or uncertainty that may come their way make RPCVs ideal candidates for any job. (Be sure to check out “10 Reasons to Hire a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer” for a few more interesting characteristics many RPCVs share!)
Still, while equipped with a repertoire of distinctive and useful job skills, readjusting to life back home can be hard. To help smooth that transition, the National Peace Corps Association established the RPCV Mentoring Program, a service that seeks to link returning Volunteers with RPCV mentors, as well as Next Step Job Finder, an online space for RPCVs and recruiters to post their resumes and potential employment opportunities.
The upcoming Peace Corps Connect: Boston event (June 27-28, 2013) will include a career development workshop (“What is your Career Design?”), a panel entitled “RPCVs ‘Bringing the World Home’ Through Their Careers” featuring Marco Werman, anchor and senior producer withThe World, and Tim Prestero, Design that Matters, a workshop on Overseas Service Opportunities, and lots of opportunities to network with your fellow RPCVs.
National Peace Corps Association member groups similarly strive to help returned Volunteers readjust to their lives back at home. The Northern California Peace Corps Association (NorCal) is one of many RPCV groups that helps match returning Volunteers with mentors, while also providing a helping hand for RPCVs looking to polish their resume, meet with potential employers, and learn how to further their post-service career.
On Friday, June 21st the Northern California Peace Corps Association will be holding a RPCV Career Fair in San Francisco, California. Aiming to provide networking opportunities and invaluable career connections for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, the Career Fair will help RPCVs nationwide meet potential employers in the Bay Area, get advice on job strategies, and have their resumes reviewed. Specifically, this Career fair is looking to connect Returned Peace Corps Volunteers with recruiters from non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors.
The following organizations have already registered to attend the fair:
- Peace Corps
- Small Business Administration
- Health Resources and Services Administration
- National Health Service Corps
- Foundation for Sustainable Development
- Monterey Institute of International Studies
- General Services Administration
- Rocketship Education
- Refugees in Transition
- USF Business School
NorCal President Will Spargur says, “The San Francisco Bay Area is a highly desirable place to live with several world class universities (Stanford, UCSF, Berkeley), world class high tech companies (Google, Facebook), and federal agencies with jurisdiction of the whole West Coast. Lots of recently returned RPCVs are rather rootless when they come back and are willing to relocate to wherever they can find a job, especially if it’s in an interesting place. I was living in Springfield, Illinois when I first came back and gladly jumped at the opportunity to move to the Bay Area. After Swaziland I just couldn’t take another Midwest winter. And the career opportunities where some of the best in the country. Simply put this is a great place to find a job.”
If you know of an organization that would be interested in recruiting RPCVs at the Career Fair, please have them fill the registration form here (there is no fee): http://bit.ly/12kqIns.
For more information regarding the Career Fair in San Francisco on June 21st or the Northern California Peace Corps Association, visit their website at http://norcalpca.org/ or contact Karla Calinawan or Katherine Macdougall at firstname.lastname@example.org.