Interview with a City Administrator Essays

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I interviewed Mrs. Regina Bowman, a semi-retired case manager/career counselor for the city Workforce Program, Job Link (personal communication, March 18, 2014). Mrs. Bowman spent 35 years with the city, 20 of those years at Job link and 15 years with the police department. The purpose of the interview was to discover how Mrs. Bowman selected career counseling as her profession or life’s purpose. Prior to graduating high school, Mrs. Bowman confided that she received little guidance and direction from her parents or the school’s guidance counselor. Exercising her own judgment, Mrs. Bowman attended Livingstone College graduating with a degree in English. She admits that she was not very good in English, but maintained a good grasp on …show more content…
In her position as case manager/career counselor, Mrs. Bowman relished the opportunity to help individuals move from one point to a better point in their lives. During her 20 years with Job Link, Mrs. Bowman realized that change is difficult for most, if not all, individuals. Before change and development can occur, addressing personal issues/conflicts is required. Not only did Mrs. Bowman aid individuals in exploring jobs, obtaining job skills, and finding employment, Mrs. Bowman received an abundance of opportunities to aid individuals conquer their personal issues/conflicts that hindered their growth.
After 35 years of employment with the city, Mrs. Bowman expected to retire with aspirations of not working, to enjoy life but the aspiration of not working was not in the cards for Mrs. Bowman. The world of work development needed Mrs. Bowman. She is currently working part-time at Technical Community College (TCC) in TCC’s Back to Work program. GTCC approached Mrs. Bowman because she is revered a Workforce Development Expert.
After speaking and processing the wealth of information Mrs. Bowman bestowed, it was difficult to decide on a specific direction to explain career counseling. Mrs. Bowman mentioned she had taken the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, at least once. She believed her type was ESTJ, which she believes, fits her personality. ESTJ’s are born to manage and people depend on them (ESTJ Personality Type, n.d.). ESTJ’s hold positions of
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