Clemson #ELGLInspire Speaker: Ryan Thomas

Posted on March 15, 2020

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#ELGLInspire is coming to Clemson University on March 6th! Learn more about our event speakers in these brief profiles, and connect with them before and after the event! To find information about all of the speakers, visit the #ELGLInspire homepage.

Ryan Thomas 

Assistant to the City Manager, City of Greenwood

What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?


What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?

  • Undergraduate: Indiana University – Marketing
  • Graduate: Clemson – MPA

What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared? 

It’s ok to be uncomfortable. Not everyone is naturally good at networking.

What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).

Being, or coming off as unengaged, insincere, or unprepared.  Be cognizant of how you are being perceived.

Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?

The breadth of job opportunities.  There are so many different paths you can take within local government, and it’s a field that will allow you to move anywhere you want.

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