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Hey grads shunning government work ... looked at the private sector lately?

We are commencing another graduation season. And as a new generation of 20-somethings hits the job market not the least of their concerns is "what job market?" That's why I was surprised by a couple of recent FCW articles describing college grads' lack of interest in government work. (Especially this one and this one.)

While I am the first to understand the lure of a six-figure salary and a penthouse apartment in a hip urban center, I am also the first to say "have these people been paying attention?" These things don't exist anymore. (I'm not sure they ever did, other than on sitcoms.) Heck, even some unpaid internships don't work out.

Are these new members of the work force uninterested in government work because they have a better employment solution? (And, to clarify, this is not to extoll the benefits of government employment. This is to extoll the benefits of any port in a storm.) Or, as one reader put it,  “Isn't it a surprise that young people consider the federal government the employer of last resort, when the civil service has become the whipping boy of the administration and Congress?”

John Klossner on college grads

Posted on May 09, 2012 at 12:19 PM


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I can fully understand why recent grads are avoiding federal service. After spending 4 years and a huge amount of money to gain professional qualifications, would you want to start your career working for an employer who constantly denigrates its own employees as being overpaid, underworked and useless? If I had to do it all over again knowing what I know now about a federal career, I would do almost anything to avoid working for the government. My advice to any recent graduate is to keep trying the private sector. Even if you have to take a starting position lower than what you had hoped for, the increased ability to actually move up the career ladder will have you catching up and surpassing the public sector in 5 years tops.

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