Advice for Starting a Career in Public Service

Have you just received your degree in public administration or urban planning?  A career in public service can be an exciting journey. From working for local municipalities in the Mayor’s office to a foreign out-posting with US State Department, the options are only limited by your resourcefulness and determination!

Local municipalities are charged with providing for public safety in with robust police, fire and EMS departments. They also maintain roads, sidewalks and set zoning regulations for all areas within the municipality. Some larger cities also provide electrical services, school administration and garbage collection.  All of these roles require trained personnel. As a recent college graduate with a degree in public service, you might land a position in the transportation department. Surveying for new roads, electrical lines or sidewalks could be part of your job description. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a pair of all-weather shoes from the huge selection available at Bass Pro. You’ll be glad you did.

Career in Public Service

At the state level you may well work with the legislature. Preparing bills, writing briefs and working with constituents are all responsibilities of the state legislature. Working in the legislature can go from mundane to action packed in a matter of hours depending on the issues in front of the Congressmen.

Working in Washington DC is the ultimate career goal for many public policy graduates. There are literally millions of employees working in Washing DC for various public agencies and departments.  From  the Department of Energy, to State to Defense, the list goes on and on. The Smithsonian Institute is also under the domain of the US government. There are a wide variety of internships available for students while they pursue their degrees. This is a great way to find out if public service is the right career path for you. It’s also an opportunity to make lots of contacts and get to know the marvels of our nation’s capital. Best of luck to you as you pursue your career in public service.

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