New Professionals Network – Interview with Katie Chesterton

Last week ImPACt SK announced the upcoming launch of the IPAC Saskatchewan New Professionals Network on Thursday, January 26th.  In anticipation of this event, ImPACt SK talks to the organizer of the event, Katie Chesterton, IPAC SK’s New Professionals Liaison.

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Katie Chesterton, IPAC SK New Professionals Liaison

ImPACt: What is the New Professionals Network?

KC: The New Professionals Network is a new group that the Saskatchewan Regional Group of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC SK) is launching. The aim of the Network is to build a community of those new to government/public administration, and allow its members to connect and learn from each other.

Networks exists in many other IPAC regional groups across the country, and representatives from each touch base monthly to share ideas on programming and events for new professionals. The Saskatchewan New Professionals Network can also present an opportunity to connect virtually with New Professionals across Saskatchewan and Canada.

ImPACt: What do you think some of the challenges are for new people entering the public service?  How could the New Professionals Network be of help?

KC: People new to the public service may be early in their careers, or may bring experience from other sectors. Either way, new professionals will need to learn to navigate new processes and ways of doing things, new philosophies. They may be looking for opportunities to upgrade their knowledge and skills. They may also be hoping to build their network.

If any of those are true for you, please come check out the launch event on January 26 in Regina.

ImPACt: What will people be doing as part of the New Professionals Network?

KC: There are a couple ways to get involved:

  • Join the New Professionals sub-committee that develops events and programs; or
  • Participate at upcoming events!

The goal of the network launch is first and foremost to get people connected. Another aim is to gather feedback from new professionals on what kind of opportunities they are seeking, whether they be for development, skill-building and learning, networking with other new professionals and public servants, or anything else that will support them in their new career. We will also gather a group  of volunteers to help brainstorm and organize events. For those outside Regina, stay tuned for opportunities to get involved!

ImPACt: How did you get involved with this project and why are you so excited about it?

KC: I got involved with IPAC SK in 2013, as a student representative on the IPAC SK Board. Once I finished school, I joined the board as the New Professionals Representative.

So far it has just been myself planning small events for New Professionals, and I am looking forward to growing our capacity by creating this network! It is time to get other new professionals actively involved in creating development and networking opportunities for themselves and their colleagues.

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