By: Julius Coles
Who or what inspired you to work in public service?
Both of my parents were public servants and they inspired me to pursue a career in the public service. In addition, my graduate school at Princeton University reinforced this desire with the motto: " In the nation's service and the service of all nations. "
These factors lead me to pursue a career in the Agency for International Development which lasted for some twenty-eight years working in various developing countries throughout the world.
What is something you are excited about right now?
I am very excited about the current administration's support for career Federal employees. This kind of support is long overdue and is much appreciated.
What is your favorite class you have ever taught or took and why?
When I was in Graduate School I had the pleasure of studying under Sir Arthur W. Lewis ,one of the first Nobel Laureates in Economics ,who inspired me to pursue a career to help people in developing countries to improve their quality of life.
What inspires you during these challenging times?
I have been very impressed how the younger generation has been able to adapt to the challenges being encountered during the Covid 19 Pandemic.
What advice can you give to folks beginning careers in public service?rs.
The Federal Service provides one of the best opportunities for young professionals to gain a wealth of management, planning, budgeting, evaluation and leadership experience that would be difficult to find in the private sector .
What is your favorite midnight snack?
Do you have a favorite podcast, journal, newspaper, or other kind of media?
Watching Rachael Maddox and Anderson Cooper each evening.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
One of my graduate professors recommended that the best way to arrive at a senior position in an organization is to begin in the organization and remain in the same organization for your entire career. This advice worked for me for I ended my career in same organization at the SFS 6 level.