VNG participates in Sweet Briar Federal Career Expo

Lt. Col. Jennifer Martin represents the Virginia National Guard at a Federal Career Expo hosted by Sweet Briar College Nov. 1, 2018, outside of Lynchburg, Virginia. Martin spoke on a panel about federal career opportunities alongside representatives form the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the Peace Corps, the National Park Service and Booz Allen Hamilton. Martin was joined by Virginia National Guard recruiters who talked with students interested in military service. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)

SWEET BRIAR, Va. — Lt. Col. Jennifer Martin represented the Virginia National Guard at a Federal Career Expo, hosted by Sweet Briar College Nov. 1, 2018. The event aimed to provide students from Sweet Briar and other colleges and universities in the area with information on career opportunities in the federal government.

Martin spoke on a panel alongside representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the Peace Corps, the National Park Service and Booz Allen Hamilton about how students can use a liberal arts degree in the federal government.

Martin studied biology at Bridgewater College and told the students the only time she’d used her degree was during her time as a mortuary affairs officer while stationed at Fort Lee. She talked to the students about the many opportunities available in the Virginia National Guard for federal employment, both in and out of uniform, and talked about the differences between serving on active duty and serving in the National Guard.

“I love Virginia and I love my community,” Martin said. “When you’re in the Virginia National Guard, you’re serving your community and your state, as well as your country.”

Martin also talked to the students about what a great gateway serving in the Virginia National Guard is for those interested in starting a career in the federal government. She, along with other panelists, also stressed the importance of continuing their education after earning their degrees.

“To be a competitor in the federal government, you’re going to have to continue your education in various forms,” Martin said, saying that she hadn’t expected that after college, but that her career has included several schools, training programs and educational opportunities.

Martin, who previously served as the Virginia National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion commander, was joined at the event by a few recruiters, who talked to interested students about the potential opportunities available to them in the Virginia National Guard.

Lt. Col. Jennifer Martin represents the Virginia National Guard at a Federal Career Expo hosted by Sweet Briar College Nov. 1, 2018, outside of Lynchburg, Virginia. Martin spoke on a panel about federal career opportunities alongside representatives form the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the Peace Corps, the National Park Service and Booz Allen Hamilton. Martin was joined by Virginia National Guard recruiters who talked with students interested in military service. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)