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Parker Trains for Key Civilian HR Role with USCG
Mavis Parker, who is now a human resources specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), came on board at the organization knowing nothing about HR. “I had no prior HR experience,” she explains, adding that both her associate degree and her bachelor’s degree were in disciplines not related to HR.
But, at Graduate School USA, she received step-by-step, hands-on training, as well as classroom training pertinent to working for USCG. It enabled Parker to earn a master’s degree in human resources management in 2014, making her USCG career possible.
Parker was drawn to the Washington, DC-headquartered Coast Guard, the branch of the U.S. Armed Forces that deals with coastal defense, search and rescue, and maritime law enforcement, because of its willingness to train her for a position she’d never worked in before and because of the growth opportunities available with the organization. USCG also paid her relocation expenses when she came on board in 2017, which was also a huge draw.
She was hired into the Coast Guard’s HR department and has since been promoted into her current position. Each year since then she’s received training to help her become effective in her positions. She’s also had a mentor who has trained her on everything pertaining to the Coast Guard and to HR.
“My responsibilities as human resources specialist are working closely with managers to find the best-qualified candidates to fill vacant positions, recruitment, and placement of employees,” Parker says.
“The position is a career ladder position, which allows me to move from entry level to higher levels as I progress.”
And if Parker wants to move to a managerial track, then she can do so. “I’d have to reach a certain level to be able to be in a managerial position. This can all be done with hands-on training, and getting [managerial] experience. The Coast Guard will allow you time away from work to continue learning how to be effective at the Graduate School USA,” she shares.
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