Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Speakers to share tips on getting state jobs

An alum and a human resources specialist for the State of Wisconsin will talk with students about getting state jobs in a seminar on Tuesday, April 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in the La Follette School conference room.

Erika Ryerson, a human resources specialist at the Office of State Employment Relations, will join 2008 Master of Public Affairs alum Jennie Mauer for a pizza lunch with students. Mauer is state coordinator for Project Launch, a federally funded program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Ryerson completed the 2013 leadership seminar the La Follette School coordinates with Wisconsin Women in Government.

"Jennie will share with students a 'boots on the ground, real-world perspective,'" says La Follette School career development coordinator Kate Battiato, who organized the seminar, "while Erika can give a more 'top-down, here are the rules perspective.'"

Ryerson notes that more than 16,000 state workers are based in Dane County, and more than 40,000 work for the state across Wisconsin. One-fourth of state government employees will be eligible for retirement by 2015. "There will be lots of professional and management opportunities available," she says.

Battiato adds that 38 percent of the students graduating from La Follette in 2012 went on to work for state government, most of them in Wisconsin.

The semester's last professional development seminar will touch on salary negotiations. It will be at noon on Tuesday, May 7, at the La Follette School.