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INNOVATION FELLOW, MAYOR'S OFFICE, IN-DEPTH: Loves Combining Social Responsibility & Technology

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Monique, an Innovation Fellow at the San Francisco Mayor's Office, discusses what she loves most about her job, its challenges, her key realizations, and work-life balance. Coming from the fast-paced technology world, it can be challenging to work in the slower pace of politics. The rewards of social responsibility are worth the efforts!

Degree: Political Science
Job Title: Innovation Fellow
Employer: Mayor's Office

Job Summary: Political Scientists

Job Description

Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze the structure and operation of governments, policies, political trends, and related issues.

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$50,000 - $155,000
Projected job growth
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5 to 10 percent
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Full-time
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Indoor, Office
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Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Problem solving skills

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m='9250'>people and</span> <span m='9570'>connect</span> <span m='9910'>with</span> <span m='10050'>them</span> <span m='10250'>and</span> <span m='10340'>talk</span> <span m='10560'>about</span> <span m='11310'>their</span> <span m='11560'>background,</span> <span m='12240'>their</span> <span m='12340'>entrepreneurship</span> <span m='13050'>story,</span> <span m='13590'>there</span> <span m='14430'>tech</span> <span m='14780'>stories.</span> <span m='15880'>Those</span> <span m='16180'>are</span> <span m='16250'>really</span> <span m='16540'>interesting</span> <span m='16990'>moments</span> <span m='17360'>for</span> <span m='17460'>me,</span> <span m='17560'>when I get</span> <span m='17970'>to really</span> <span m='18380'>connect with someone</span> <span m='18790'>one-on-one.</span> </p><p><span m='20630'>And</span> <span m='20910'>the</span> <span m='20980'>biggest</span> <span m='21390'>challenge,</span> <span m='22130'>I</span> <span m='22340'>would</span> <span m='22510'>say</span> <span m='22740'>right</span> <span m='22970'>now,</span> <span m='23240'>since</span> <span m='23490'>I</span> <span m='23540'>work</span> <span m='23760'>in</span> <span m='23860'>politics--</span> <span m='24490'>politics</span> <span m='24880'>is</span> <span m='25020'>always</span> <span m='25460'>challenging.</span> <span m='26920'>And</span> <span m='27460'>I</span> <span m='27670'>like</span> <span m='27850'>to</span> <span m='27980'>work</span> <span m='28380'>at a</span> <span m='28420'>really</span> <span m='28800'>fast</span> <span m='29240'>pace.</span> <span m='29530'>I</span> <span m='29590'>come</span> <span m='29790'>from</span> <span m='29970'>the world of</span> <span m='30310'>start-ups.</span> <span m='31250'>And</span> <span m='31500'>government</span> <span m='31830'>doesn't</span> <span m='32080'>always</span> <span m='32380'>work</span> <span m='32600'>that</span> <span m='32780'>way.</span> <span m='33110'>So</span> <span m='33740'>I</span> <span m='33830'>think</span> <span m='34090'>that</span> <span m='34340'>my</span> <span m='34600'>challenge</span> <span m='35080'>has</span> <span m='35200'>always</span> <span m='35530'>been</span> <span m='35740'>slowing</span> <span m='36160'>down</span> <span m='36580'>to</span> <span m='36720'>work</span> <span m='36940'>at</span> <span m='37060'>the</span> <span m='37210'>pace</span> <span m='37540'>at</span> <span m='37900'>which</span> <span m='38100'>government</span> <span m='38450'>works.</span> </p><p><span m='39950'>I</span> <span m='40090'>think</span> <span m='40300'>one</span> <span m='40440'>of</span> <span m='40530'>the</span> <span m='40640'>key</span> <span m='40950'>a-ha</span> <span m='41470'>moments</span> <span m='41920'>that</span> <span m='42160'>I</span> <span m='42270'>had</span> <span m='42600'>that</span> <span m='42770'>put</span> <span m='43040'>me on</span> <span m='43310'>this path</span> <span m='43610'>was</span> <span m='44210'>realizing</span> <span m='44690'>that</span> <span m='44880'>I</span> <span m='44990'>could</span> <span m='45170'>do</span> <span m='45320'>something</span> <span m='45700'>that</span> <span m='45890'>had</span> <span m='46120'>social</span> <span m='46480'>responsibility</span> <span m='47680'>but</span> <span m='47880'>also</span> <span m='48560'>included</span> <span m='49090'>technology.</span> <span m='49850'>And</span> <span m='49970'>so</span> <span m='50070'>that</span> <span m='50250'>was</span> <span m='50390'>really</span> <span m='50660'>important</span> <span m='51110'>to</span> <span m='51200'>me.</span> <span m='51770'>I'm</span> <span m='52370'>always</span> <span m='52800'>going</span> <span m='52960'>to</span> <span m='53030'>be</span> <span m='53230'>the</span> <span m='53490'>sort</span> <span m='53810'>of</span> <span m='53890'>person</span> <span m='54200'>who</span> <span m='54310'>builds</span> <span m='54610'>things.</span> <span m='54960'>I</span> <span m='55070'>don't</span> <span m='55230'>go</span> <span m='55360'>home</span> <span m='55620'>at</span> <span m='55710'>night</span> <span m='55970'>and,</span> <span m='56440'>you</span> <span m='56510'>know,</span> <span m='56730'>what</span> <span m='57050'><i>Dancing</i></span> <span m='57250'><i>With the</i></span> <span m='57570'><i>Stars</i>.</span> <span m='57900'>I</span> <span m='58010'>go</span> <span m='58140'>home</span> <span m='58340'>at</span> <span m='58420'>night</span> <span m='58670'>and</span> <span m='58810'>I</span> <span m='58870'>build</span> <span m='59060'>a</span> <span m='59100'>website,</span> <span m='59650'>or</span> <span m='59930'>I</span> <span m='60150'>work</span> <span m='60340'>on a</span> <span m='60500'>mobile</span> <span m='60810'>app,</span> <span m='61000'>or I</span> <span m='61410'>do</span> <span m='61520'>something</span> <span m='61890'>else.</span> </p><p><span m='62830'>But</span> <span m='63200'>there's</span> <span m='63450'>always</span> <span m='63770'>the</span> <span m='64099'>opportunity</span> <span m='64849'>to</span> <span m='65030'>be</span> <span m='65230'>more</span> <span m='65440'>socially</span> <span m='65890'>responsible</span> <span m='66550'>and to</span> <span m='66810'>work in</span> <span m='67130'>government</span> <span m='67930'>as</span> <span m='68110'>part</span> <span m='68390'>of</span> <span m='68440'>that.</span> <span m='68740'>And</span> <span m='69190'>you're</span> <span m='69340'>able</span> <span m='69510'>to</span> <span m='69590'>do</span> <span m='69790'>those</span> <span m='70050'>things</span> <span m='70650'>concurrently.</span> <span m='71250'>It's</span> <span m='71540'>not</span> <span m='71920'>something</span> <span m='72200'>that</span> <span m='72330'>you</span> <span m='72390'>have</span> <span m='72470'>to</span> <span m='72560'>do</span> <span m='72790'>one</span> <span m='73080'>at</span> <span m='73220'>a</span> <span m='73280'>time.</span> <span m='74890'>You</span> <span m='74900'>don't</span> <span m='75050'>have</span> <span m='75150'>to</span> <span m='75300'>actually</span> <span m='75650'>make</span> <span m='75820'>a</span> <span m='75890'>choice</span> <span m='76295'>in</span> <span m='76700'>that.</span> <span m='76965'>You can</span> <span m='77230'>do</span> <span m='77490'>all</span> <span m='77730'>those</span> <span m='77980'>things</span> <span m='78290'>together.</span> </p><p><span m='79380'>I</span> <span m='79570'>work</span> <span m='79800'>in</span> <span m='79960'>technology,</span> <span m='80265'>so</span> <span m='80730'>there</span> <span m='80920'>really</span> <span m='81260'>is</span> <span m='81460'>no</span> <span m='82130'>such</span> <span m='82380'>thing</span> <span m='82560'>as</span> <span m='82690'>work/life</span> <span m='83080'>balance</span> <span m='83510'>for</span> <span m='83630'>me.</span> <span m='84170'>But</span> <span m='84500'>there</span> <span m='85220'>are</span> <span m='85330'>those</span> <span m='85580'>moments</span> <span m='85970'>where</span> <span m='86070'>you</span> <span m='86220'>step</span> <span m='86470'>away.</span> <span m='87110'>For</span> <span m='87230'>the</span> <span m='87600'>last</span> <span m='88060'>weekend</span> <span m='88340'>I</span> <span m='88380'>went</span> <span m='88560'>camping,</span> <span m='89090'>and</span> <span m='89220'>I</span> <span m='89300'>had</span> <span m='89570'>no</span> <span m='89780'>access</span> <span m='90160'>to</span> <span m='90250'>the</span> <span m='90370'>internet,</span> <span m='91180'>which</span> <span m='91270'>is</span> <span m='91410'>absolutely</span> <span m='91820'>crazy.</span> <span m='92830'>And my</span> <span m='92930'>phone</span> <span m='93230'>was</span> <span m='93430'>dead.</span> <span m='94250'>And</span> <span m='94300'>I</span> <span m='94370'>was</span> <span m='94510'>in</span> <span m='94600'>the</span> <span m='94680'>woods</span> <span m='94990'>and</span> <span m='95120'>I</span> <span m='95190'>was</span> <span m='95310'>hiking,</span> <span m='95720'>and</span> <span m='95810'>after</span> <span m='96020'>a</span> <span m='96050'>while,</span> <span m='96280'>I</span> <span m='96520'>got</span> <span m='96640'>used to</span> <span m='96890'>it</span> <span m='97155'>and</span> <span m='97420'>it</span> <span m='97580'>was</span> <span m='97720'>really</span> <span m='98020'>great.</span> </p><p><span m='98400'>So</span> <span m='98970'>even</span> <span m='99190'>though</span> <span m='99510'>tech</span> <span m='99785'>careers</span> <span m='100410'>don't</span> <span m='100640'>give</span> <span m='100820'>you</span> <span m='101020'>a</span> <span m='101230'>huge</span> <span m='101550'>amount</span> <span m='101760'>of</span> <span m='101840'>work/life</span> <span m='102220'>balance,</span> <span m='103120'>there are</span> <span m='103270'>there</span> <span m='103440'>are</span> <span m='103580'>those</span> <span m='103880'>moments</span> <span m='104250'>where</span> <span m='104340'>you</span> <span m='104500'>can</span> <span m='104650'>grab</span> <span m='105080'>you</span> <span m='105460'>a</span> <span m='105530'>few</span> <span m='105690'>days,</span> <span m='106270'>a</span> <span m='106310'>few</span> <span m='106510'>hours,</span> <span m='107070'>a</span> <span m='107470'>few</span> <span m='107640'>minutes,</span> <span m='107980'>even,</span> <span m='108710'>and</span> <span m='109120'>really</span> <span m='109440'>kind</span> <span m='109700'>of</span> <span m='109860'>disconnect</span> <span m='111060'>and</span> <span m='111440'>be</span> <span m='112120'>at</span> <span m='112430'>one</span> <span m='112700'>with</span> <span m='112980'>yourself</span> <span m='113440'>and with</span> <span m='113650'>your</span> <span m='113820'>thoughts.</span> <span m='114120'>Because</span> <span m='114290'>that's</span> <span m='114510'>where</span> <span m='114590'>really</span> <span m='114870'>great</span> <span m='115110'>ideas</span> <span m='115440'>come</span> <span m='115610'>from,</span> <span m='115780'>is in</span> <span m='116000'>those</span> <span m='116300'>really</span> <span m='116600'>quiet</span> <span m='116900'>moments.</span> </p>","file":{"id":290694,"video_id":"2702901039001","name":"1149-Monique-InnovationFellow2-Mayor","duration":118260,"thumbnail_url":null}});