, 2023-01-09 18:22:35,
Berdin’s first job did not reflect her career goals, but by chance, she did lead to a job that did. As an executive assistant at a Seattle law firm, she was delivering a package to the Federal Building when she noticed US Senator Patty Murray’s office down the hall. I stopped to ask about training opportunities. The training coordinator decided to interview her on the spot.
“I was on the clock at my other job when we sat down and the training coordinator started asking me questions,” Bearden recalls, laughing. Then she said, “When can you start?” And I’m like, I have to get back to you. I don’t even know if you are can Start.'”
The law firm agreed to train Bearden, a ten-hour-a-week commitment for three months, while continuing her work in the office. The internship was extended another three months, and soon after, Bearden was offered a permanent job in Senator Murray’s office. Over the next two years, she worked her way up from staff assistant to constituent services representative to training coordinator. She was involved in tribal affairs as well, attending tribal events where she sometimes spoke on behalf of the senator. “I was 21 or 22 at the time, so this was really big and exciting for me,” she says.
Next came a job in Washington, D.C. with Kauffman & Associates, one of the oldest and largest original…
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