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Would it be better to get a job with the federal government or a corporation such as Boeing or Lockheed Martin?

I have heard that getting jobs with the government can be difficult unless you have people on the inside to help you out. So, I'm asking if avoiding the hassle and going to a corporation would be just as good (if not better). #engineering #science #technology #mechanical-engineering #math #aerospace-engineering #aeronautics #federal-government

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Hello, Any job where you can gain practical experience is a good job. The benefits of working on the private side (corps such as Boeing) is you will probably make more money, have greater mobility, quality training, and more opportunities to advance your career withing the company. The advantages of a government job include more security, good benefits, and making a contribution to society. Also, government employment can lead to good jobs in the private sector later on if you decide to change. Connections are always helpful, but are about equal as a barrier to entry in both sectors. Without connections, you need to play the numbers game - apply to a lot of positions that seem interesting to you. One tip - with all the applications you submit, follow up relentlessly. Good luck! Brian

Last updated Nov 14 '16 at 09:15

Based on your question, I suggest going for the highest pay since all position will require the highest clearance requirement.

Last updated Jun 02 '17 at 23:14
I know that at a young age it is hard to decide what to do about a career or where you will be in 20 years. Gov jobs will never pay what the private sector will but offer more security and better long term benefits. I think private companies will play a stronger role in the future of business.
Last updated Dec 07 '17 at 08:03

That is a great question! The answer to this question comes down to what you would like to do for a career. I do not think that you could say one was better than the other. Each of them have benefits. You need to understand what you would like out of the job (benefits, pay, vacation, opportunities) investigate each job and apply for those that would fit your needs. Boeing does a lot of government work so pick one or the other, you might end up no the same project one day. I hope this helps, good luck!

Last updated Jan 26 '17 at 09:24
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