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hamusscamus  
#1 Posted : Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:51:55 AM(UTC)
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I just accepted an official offer for an IT position starting at GS-9 and I start August 5th. I was going through the official USA Jobs full job announcement for that position for a bit of a refresher and noticed the requirements require:
1) A Master’s degree
OR
2) 2 years higher graduate level education
OR
3) Specialized Experience: If qualifying on educational described above and experience. Minimum 1 year specialized experience blah blah blah…

I’m not entirely sure what that third option means exactly. Does it mean a combination of graduate class experience and specialized experience? Would specialized experience alone qualify that third option?

I ask because I still don’t have my Bachelor’s degree (I’ll have it this next spring, I do hold an associate degree obtained last year) with no intention of perusing a Master’s. I do have 2+ years specialized experience. Should I have qualified for this GS-9 position? Did someone just screw up or did I just happen to be the best candidate despite my lack of graduate education?

Also, this is a recent graduate pathways 9/11/12 ladder position, will my lack of a Master’s degree impede my advancement? Or am I good to go as long as I meet tenure/performance requirements?
Thanks in advance!
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#2 Posted : Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:52:35 PM(UTC)
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Congratulations on your firm offer for a Pathways position and fairly quick start date(EOD). I'm not HR but I think your 2+ specialized experience counted in your favor. Do you mind sharing how long the vacancy was posted on USAJOBS and the 2210 job title such as CUSTSPT, SYSADMIN, INFOSEC, etc.?

I started as a Pathway in Feb '17 and have reached my non-competitive full promotion potential as of Feb '19. Based on my experience and how the program is supposed to be run, every successful year will promote you to the next pay grade until the end of your career ladder.

Good luck!
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#3 Posted : Friday, July 12, 2019 3:10:27 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: hamusscamus Go to Quoted Post
I just accepted an official offer for an IT position starting at GS-9 and I start August 5th. I was going through the official USA Jobs full job announcement for that position for a bit of a refresher and noticed the requirements require:
1) A Master’s degree
OR
2) 2 years higher graduate level education
OR
3) Specialized Experience: If qualifying on educational described above and experience. Minimum 1 year specialized experience blah blah blah…

I’m not entirely sure what that third option means exactly...

Also, this is a recent graduate pathways 9/11/12 ladder position, will my lack of a Master’s degree impede my advancement? Or am I good to go as long as I meet tenure/performance requirements?
Thanks in advance!


#3 is typically an out for people who might not yet have the degree, but do have experience and a certain amount of coursework or those who only have experience. When you filled out the application questionnaire you should have seen a question asking for specifics about your level of education and experience. What did you check?

The ladder promotions should not be affected by your degree, if you make it in.

Best wishes.
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#4 Posted : Friday, July 12, 2019 3:55:45 PM(UTC)
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Interesting, when I graduated college in 2011. I tried applying for pathways, but HR would always tell me I dont qualify for pathways. I never got the opportunity to apply through such hiring authority due some of their stupidity. I tried applying for jobs with special experience selected. HR still disqualifies me base on education, when fact I have 7 years related experience.

It clearly states Specialized Experience: If qualifying on educational described above and experience. Minimum 1 year specialized experience.

Yes he has 1 minimum experience, but the individual does not have a graduate degree. That's what I am always told when HR disqualifies me, especially when a person with a bachelor's degree can perform the essential job duties. I manage 500k in DoD funds, and I was even disqualified by NPS for not having experience with operating a cash register. I couldn't believe my adminstrative and computer experience couldn't make up for using a damn cash register. What a joke is someone of these HR Specialist. I even tried appealing it, when I encounter these issues, or at least I am being discriminated.


You are a college graduate, if your posts are a reflection of your writing skills then I think we might have an idea of what your problem is with getting hired. Put the energy you waste complaining about how life has done you wrong into bettering your situation and you'll reap some real benefits.

Have someone you trust look over your resume with a critical eye, and take their advice. Apply for jobs you are qualified for, you could have been a pilot for 10 years but that doesn't qualify you to be a baggage handler or ticket agent. Once you've applied for a job, forget about it and apply for another, and another.

Nobody wants to work with someone who is a professional victim. I can't help but think that your attitude is obvious when you interview or is mentioned when your references are checked.
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#5 Posted : Saturday, July 13, 2019 4:58:04 AM(UTC)
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Unknown, there are two types of pathways, 1) Pathway, for those still in their program, 2) Recent Graduate pathway, for those that had graduated within 2yrs of application. If you didn't qualify for a pathway, yet already graduated, then it must have been 1 but not 2.

You can have a degree for a pathway, but you must be starting (college acceptance) or currently be working toward another degree to qualify.
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#6 Posted : Sunday, July 14, 2019 2:22:45 AM(UTC)
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Moving forward...congrats on the your new opportunity!!!
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