Reminder: Application deadline, Friday, March 22, 2013
Welcome to the APTA Early Career Program
A professional development program for individuals new to the public transportation industry, with 3-5 years of work experience, perhaps a little longer, including 1-3 years of experience in managing tasks, projects, and/or staff.
The American Public Transportation Association’s Early Career Program is a brand new national program dedicated to providing public and private sector public transportation professionals early in their careers with the skills, knowledge, insights, and networks needed to grow and succeed.
Have you been working in the public transportation industry for 3-5 years, perhaps a little longer, and are beginning to gain management responsibilities? Are you thinking about the next steps in your career? How you achieve your next promotion? What opportunities are available in the public transportation industry? Then consider this new professional development program to help advance your career in public transportation.
APTA’s Early Career Professional Development Program is committed to identifying and selecting a broad-based group of program participants who represent the richness and diversity of the industry and APTA’s members.
For the inaugural program, the Early Career Program Task Force will select up to 25 individuals from among APTA member applicants to participate in a year-long program that includes a variety of skill building workshops and round table sessions, online collaboration technologies and uses of social media, plus access to the industry’s top leaders through a national virtual mentoring program.
APTA recognizes the challenges and decisions early career individuals face in today’s economy. We are taking bold steps to promote and retain a talented workforce to ensure the sustainability and success of the public transportation industry.
Inaugural Program Letter from APTA Chair Flora Castillo and APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy
Why Apply: What sets the Early Career program apart?
- Participate in inaugural year of national professional development program designed and developed exclusively for early career individuals.
- Deepen knowledge and experiences about the public transportation industry outside one’s specialties.
- Benefit from cutting-edge virtual mentoring program leveraging range of collaboration technologies and social media platforms.
- Develop strong network of transit professionals.
- Build awareness of the breadth and range of transit career paths and opportunities.
- Become the best of the next generation workforce - future specialists, managers, and leaders --who will replace the Baby Boomers as they retire.
Insights from the Program Co-Chairs
“We are incredibly excited to present APTA’s new Early Career Program! With a career in public transportation, you can make significant contributions that touch the lives of thousands each day, but it’s not always easy to know where to begin your own career journey. The Early Career Program aims to jumpstart that process for talented and motivated early-career transit professionals and those who have recently joined our industry from another line of work. We want you to learn about the many opportunities in transit. You will also grow your network with experienced and skilled professionals who make public transportation a success in communities across the country. You are the bright future of transit, and APTA wants to invest in you through the Early Career Program. Apply today!”
Rich Andreski (Chief of Staff, Rail Operations - New Jersey Transit Corporation) and Jill Stober (Transportation Planner - KFH Group, Incorporated)