Is it difficult to be apart of the government?
I'm in middle school and taking a career class. After I took a survey, government was one of the suggested paths I got. I'm interested in learning more about how the career path of government works. #career #government
I would recommend narrowing down what are your interests within the government (would you like to work for the elections, in parks, with data, etc.). From there, you can start looking for job postings on government websites and look at the qualifications required for those. From my experience working in government in Canada and in the US, there are similar requirements for government jobs like Excel or customer service experience that you'll want to get a good base in before eventually applying. Also, take a look at the education requirements, for example, you likely will need an associate's, bachelor's or sometimes a master's degree for certain jobs and those seem more fixed within the government.
Making and utilizing your network is really helpful here as well; if you have any family or acquaintances (like a friend's parent or relative) working in government, ask them about their jobs or even if you can shadow them one day to narrow down your interests and understand the job(s) better.
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The website for your local city, county, state will tell you what jobs are available and when. Municipal jobs titles are usually listed along with their application date, exam date, and expiration date. Government jobs tend to be well documented with job descriptions, salary ranges, class, and often, clear career paths. Which means you can start at an entry level clerical position and promote all the way to a senior position or management. Government jobs cover the full spectrum including IT, engineering, public health, housing, community development, planning & budgeting, and so much more.
Most people look for government jobs for their stability but these institutions still want people who want to work in this culture; people who want to give back to your community, or have service as your passion. So, it is important that your purpose for applying is because your values align.
In respect to choosing a career path, one must have to narrow their choices: what arm, level, and/or aspect?
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