My Ideal Occupation

Scholarship Entrant: Douglas from Petersburg, VA
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Douglas: 9

My Ideal Occupation
Foremost in my life this far has been a desire to console and serve the mentally ill and developmentally disabled population in America as a direct care staff at hospitals and group homes for private and government organizations. Working with federal regulations that tend to be often ambiguous encouraged me to peruse a Political Science education with a minor in Public Administration. Although the work I performed as a direct care staff was rewarding, I was not the author of any of the programs so the intrinsic reward for me was the acknowledgement of a job well done which was expressed by the client or their family.
As a designer of policy I would not have the instant gratification I was awarded as a direct care staff. I would face the scrutiny of critics from local, state, federal and global observers but a scientist; I welcome cynicism with open arms because it can only strengthen any hypothesis. Constructing theories of how policies can improve the lives of the consumers is a humbling endeavor because of the anonymity of the theorist but the task is an essential part of public administration.
Completion my doctoral program in Political Science and Public Administration following my undergraduate in May 2015 will be essential. I’ve written program plans for individuals in the past and feel confident that I will be able to help to develop future programs for entire populations designed for the lifestyles of disabled American citizens in the 21st century.

Vote for Douglas: 9

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