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Julie M. Robinson
City Administrator, City of Spring Valley Village
What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?
Working as a legal assistant for a law firm in Dallas as part of the work-study program in high school.
What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?
Started at Dallas Baptist University but completed at University of North Texas with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in English
Graduate Institution: University of North Texas – Masters of Public Administration
What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?
All writing classes; my constitutional law undergraduate class because I learned how to identify issues, arguments on both sides, and summarize clearly; public administration theory; governmental budgeting and accounting.
What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?
What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?
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).
(a) Be late or not even show up to an interview
(b) Underprepare or fail to do your homework on the City or organization
(c) Dress inappropriately
(d) When asked about the last innovative thing you have done, answer that there isn’t anything new that can be done and that everything that can be done has been done
(e) If you are interning, it is imperative that you realize the internship is a job interview.
Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?
Because you can make a positive impact in people’s lives on a daily basis and, regardless of your degree or major, there is a place for you in local government. Public service is the most rewarding career and there is NEVER a dull moment.
Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?
(1) People first, things second; and (2) Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.