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Transitioning to the Workplace #6

One of the most interesting things about the British Columbia Public Service is the range and depth of positions it offers. The other day, a posting went up for a policy analyst job with our ministry’s policy, research and legislation branch. While I’m one law degree and a few years of experience shy of being in the running for that position, I still kept a copy as a sort of visualizing tool.

Because even though I’m only a co-op student (classified as an auxiliary employee), I still get access to the entire B.C. government job board as an internal applicant. In the interest of finding a regular, full-time position with the government, I have shopped my application around to a wide range of places, including the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Finance, and the B.C. Pension Corporation.

One exciting opportunity that I’m still waiting to hear back from is in communications and event planning for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. I think I could really succeed in that capacity—it would be awesome to get dressed up every day for work in Government House, and get to brief the Queen’s representative on all the events that she attends and hosts. As a young transgender woman of colour, I also think that I could bring a lot of new and diverse ideas to the established, more traditional systems of power in place in this area of the provincial government. While I didn’t out myself as trans on the application, I could potentially see myself testing the waters if I were selected for an interview by, say, asking the hiring manager about the workplace’s dress code. And I could also see myself disclosing my gender identity in the interview, if I felt comfortable with the interviewers and if I had gotten a favourable response when I tested the waters. Being open and honest about myself in the interview could set myself and the interviewers at ease, and help them get to know me better.