Beyond “Upper Level Management”

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Have you ever thought about working for the federal government? Check out our video featuring the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Angela Jacobs.

A branch of the United States Department of Transportation, FHWA is a federal agency with the responsibility of helping to build, maintain, and advance America’s surface transportation network.

Angela Jacobs, Federal Highway Administration.

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Working for FHWA means supporting and managing one of the country’s most valuable economic and social assets—its transportation system. Jacobs works tirelessly to help cities and states make their roads and highways as safe, efficient, and affordable as possible. She and other professionals at FHWA come to work each day knowing they’re making a positive impact on the lives of millions of Americans.

So, what does it take to work for an agency like FHWA?

Jacobs and her colleagues at FHWA are experts in many different areas. They each bring different skills to the table. Jacobs is an expert in transportation planning. She knows how to help cities manage their roadways to reduce traffic congestion and make travelling more efficient and affordable for the public. She also has a deep understanding of how transportation affects people, from the student on his or her way home from school to a single parent who relies on public transportation to get to work each day. Jacob’s expertise and ability to empathize with other people gives her the credentials and passion it takes to manage America’s transportation network. More than anything, that’s what it takes to work for an agency like FHWA.

Think you might want to work for FHWA someday? The best place to start is to think about how the transportation system affects you and the people in your community. It may sound silly, but try making a list of how America would be different without its highways, public transportation, or safe air travel. Try to imagine some of the challenges that might be facing our transportation system today, and think about what you’d do to confront them. Imagine challenges like pollution, congestion, traffic accidents and how to provide reliable transportation for people who can’t drive or afford to own cars.

Once you start thinking about transportation’s big picture–not just as how you get from point A to point B–you’ll be well on your way to working in the transportation industry. And there are many areas of transportation you can choose from.

Check out Angela’s video to learn more about her career. And be sure to keep following Fast Forward for more news and information on transportation careers!

Aaron Mack
Fast Forward: Volume 3 Issue 2 - Highway