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Agencies that make for a good place to start a career

The cover story in Friday's BusinessWeek is about the best places for people to launch a career. Disney is number one, but look who makes the list...
At number six -- yes, in the top 10 -- is the State Department. That is well above Google (number 13) and even better than GE (number 8).

If you're a college grad, how do you get to an exotic U.S. embassy? Practice, practice, practice.

Or at least that's how the U.S. State Dept. turns you into a diplomat. Two unique aspects of the State Dept.'s training program are foreign travel and simulations designed to give Foreign Service officer candidates a feel for the day-to-day work in U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. The training also includes as much as a year of classroom lectures, study, and language training before new officers board a plane to their first foreign posting. Even before training begins, though, would-be diplomats must pass the highly competitive Foreign Service Exam.

Other government organizations on the list: the CIA (number 32), the Peace Corps (number 38), the IRS (number 39), NASA (number 41), the Comptroller of the Currency, of all things (number 48), and the Patent and Trademark Office (number 51).

This list does not focus on IT jobs, of course.

As you know, FCW has its new Rising Star awards program, which recognizes the good work done by younger people in the past year, and I personally think this is a very important issue for government, so it is interesting to see those who are looking to work in government for at least a period of their careers.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Sep 12, 2006 at 12:15 PM


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