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Alumni Spotlight: Patricia A. Fitzgerald '04, '05

patricia a. fitzgerald '04, '05

BA Government and Politics/Master in Public Administration

Hometown

Philadelphia, PA

Current Position

Hiring Services Manager
City of Philadelphia

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My Widener Experience

 

why did you decide to major in government and politics and pursue a graduate degree in public administration?

I decided to major in government and politics because I had an interest in working in public service. I was originally considering a law degree after graduation but decided to pursue a graduate degree in public administration instead. This turned out to be a good choice. Since graduation, I have found a fulfilling career in the field of human resources in the public sector.

what clubs/organizations were you involved in that made a memorable impression?

I cannot say enough about being involved in activities and organizations while pursuing an undergraduate degree. My involvement in swimming, Greek life, volunteering, the honors program, etc., were so important to my overall college experience and helped me balance my academics with my personal life while building relationships that remain some of the most important relationships in my life today. 


My Professional Experience

 

how have leadership skills learned at widener helped you to succeed?

I had the opportunity to serve as a student lobbyist while at Widener, and those skills still serve me well today. Learning to advocate for important causes to secure funding or support is an important skill set to have in any field you pursue. I am grateful for this experience as well as the other leadership experiences I had through Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) while at Widener.

what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major or graduate program?

I would encourage students to attend class and be fully engaged.