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College Students Want Nothing To Do With Government Jobs

February 8, 2012 by  

College Students Want Nothing To Do With Government Jobs

A new poll finds that just 6 percent of college students would be happy working for a government agency after graduating.

The Partnership for Public Service, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, polled more than 35,000 students about their career aspirations. Most students said they were more interested in graduate school, non-profit work and employment in the private sector than government work.

This is the second year in a row that student interest in government work at the Federal, State or local level has dropped. Similar PPS polls in 2009 found that 10.2 percent and 2010 that 7.4 percent of college students were interested in government work.

The survey also asked students what was most important for their first job; job security came in second place, just behind “opportunities for personal growth.”

According to MSNBC, since April 2009, about 700,000 jobs have been cut from all levels of government as a result of massive deficits. The trend was only interrupted by a spike in Federal hiring for the 2010 Census. State and local governments saw the biggest numbers of layoffs.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    It may not seem like much, but this may make a strong case for the idea that public education doesn’t always dumb-down every student. So, Uncle Scam’s designs for ‘employees’ has some flaws.
    Could it be that many students don’t consider a government ‘job’ to be a REAL job?
    If that’s the case, they’re RIGHT. The public sector creates JOBS. Uncle Scam hasn’t a clue about creating jobs, protecting the economy or with earning the right to be seen as a functional government. Crap is king in Washington, and even students recognize it for what it is and who’s shoveling it at them.

    • brianS

      it is great to read your letters. you missed one little thing though,
      “7.4 percent were interested in government work”
      government work is an oxymoron like “military intelligence”
      keep up the good work

  • DaveH

    That’s saying a lot considering that the average Federal Employee makes 50% more in total compensation than an equivalent Private Sector employee:
    It’s good to hear that our youngsters are getting some Principles.

    • Warrior


      Possibly they know already, it may just be too dangerous an occupation.

      A driver was stuck in a traffic jam on the highway outside Washington DC. Nothing was moving. Suddenly, a man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down the window and asks, “What’s going on?”
      “Terrorists have kidnapped Congress, and they’re asking for a $100 million dollar ransom. Otherwise, they are going to douse them all in gasoline and set them on fire. We are going from car to car, collecting donations.”
      “How much is everyone giving, on average?” the driver asks.
      The man replies, “Roughly a gallon.”


      • Sirian

        LOL!!! That’s a good one Warrior. . . LOL!!! :)

      • 45caliber

        I’ve got a five gallon can around the house somewhere …


        • s c

          45caliber, 50 gallon barrels aren’t that hard to find. Some might say ‘whatever it takes,’ but I won’t say it – not quite yet.

      • Deerinwater

        and you think that is funny and worth the telling?

        What are you ? a garbage collector?

  • Ted Crawford

    The demise of the public sector worker was insured when they were unionized. Even one of the greatest supporters of collective barganing warned against such a move! “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective barganing, as usually understood, CANNOT be transplanted into the Public Service. It has it’s distinct, and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management” Franklin Roosevelt

  • http://personallibertydigest Gottaplenty

    Back in the good old days,,, pre WW2 to go to work for the govt meant you couldnt find work It then was a place to get by till you could find work There were the CCC WPA and govt training programs to hold you over the bad time.. but very few wanted a career in govt.

  • http://Yahoo sophillyjimmy

    When I started working for the Philadelphia Prisons I was 21 years old and the maximum salry for a guard was $12,300 dollars after 3 years of employment. Back then government jobs didn’t pay as much as the public sector but the benefits were excellent and since I was just starting to have a family and a mortgage of $345. a month, my wife and I would look at each other and say “How Will We Afford This High Mortgage”? But we managed with 2 young daughters and it was what we thought as job security. It was a good job for the first 3 years when the late great Mayor Frank L. Rizzo was in office, but it turned into a nightmare as soon as he left office. The Union only took care of the bums and scum bags. The administration which included the superintendent and all the wardens and deputy wardens were an armband away from being inmates, there was no longer job security for the good guys that worked there since by then it was completely corrupted. I was promoted to sergeant right before Mayor Rizzo left office, and although I would come out #1 on the civil service test for lieutenant, I was passed over for a sergeant that 2 weeks before the interview was arrested for raping a 13 year old girl and he got promoted over me. I was stuck in a job going nowhere and I don’t know how, but lasted for 15 years until I was severely injured in a riot and was able to leave with a disability. Sad to say but it was the best thing that could have happened to me. Hard to believe that getting shanked was better then having to go to that dreaded job every day.
    If I had 20/20 hindsight, I would have never took the job but didn’t know it would turn into a monster. The only way to make money back then was to work overtime. I was so burned out I only worked overtime when I was forced to and that was often.
    I have been out of the prisons since 1989 but I live on Effexors and Xanax now since I have anxiety and without the medication get nightmares about the prisons and they are mostly about the administration and not the inmates.
    I would never work for any government agency for any amount of money, just to conclude this, my brother was a police officer in the City and he only had 2 years to go for retirement until they harassed him so badly he committed suicide as well as 4 of my good friends who worked with me in the prisons.
    It should be noted that I was a registered Republican in a city that didn’t have a Republican mayor since the early 1940′s, and I refused to sell my soul and although Mayor Rizzo was elected as a Democrat, he was always a Republican at heart and when he left office after his second term I wish I did too.

  • 45caliber

    Several years ago now, a study was taken of the military pay. They were barely getting enough then to pay for haircuts. (I was paid $89 a month when I started at E-1. Later, at E-4, I was paid about $200. How would you like to try to have a family on that?) So they decided to give them a good pay raise.

    The government workers had a fit. The military was being paid more than they were! Historically, the clerks were paid more than the soldiers, so the government MUST give them a big pay raise! And they did.

    • Deerinwater

      It was one of those rainy days,the sky had opened up and the ground had disappeared with in the first hour, we had hunkered down in a defensible position and setup a perimeter guard, finding it to difficult to move about as the land disappeared all around us. One wrong step, you could step off in a ditch or hole or something worse and be in water over your head with full field gear and everything you were carrying. So we’d opted sit tight and wait it out, having been through monsoon jungle “showers” many times before. There is little you can do, but stay alive,try to keep your spirits up, find something to laugh about.

      Over the hours waiting, I started thinking why I was doing this and what my pay was, ~ like you 45. I remember it well, like it was yesterday, I was making .17 cents an hour, 24/7.

    • http://naver samurai

      When I started, I was bringing home $600 a month and ended up making $4400 a month, counting BAQ and separate rats. Now I get $2200 – $2500 a month by pension. I also remeber some hard times, but many good ones as well. Thanks for your service, gentlemen. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!


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