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University of Texas Arlington #ELGLInspire Speaker: Kimberly R. Garduno

Posted on February 19, 2020


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Kimberly R. Garduno

Management Analyst – City Manager’s Office


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

Summer Intern, The Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)

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

Undergrad – Baylor University, BA Sociology

Graduate – University of Texas at Dallas, Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?

Quantitative Methods, Public Management, Evaluating Program and Organization Performance, Urban Planning and any Social Science course.

What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?

Lincoln On Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times by Donald Phillips. Yes, highly recommend reading this book, especially if you envision a career in management.

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

Never, ever, miss a networking opportunity! You never know who you will meet.

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).

Not doing your homework! Potential candidates should take time to review our website, familiarize yourself with historical facts about the city, identify major projects, watch City Council meetings and read the bios of the CMO staff and directors. Dress code for all interviews is Business Professional, even on a Friday.

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

Often the work we do in local government is accomplished with the least amount of resources, but typically, has the greatest impact on our residents’ daily life.

Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?

The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it. – Tricia Cunningham

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