7 Lyrics to Guide Young Government Professionals

Let’s be real. Being young in the government is not easy. Yes, it’s a privilege to serve your country. And yes, the opportunities in government are often endless.

But you’re also entry-level in a bureaucratic, top-heavy organization, where many of your colleagues are significantly older and more experienced than you. That being the case, it’s easy to feel as if you don’t have a support network that understands your abilities and professional needs.

Luckily, it’s not just government employees who struggle with being a young professional. Even in the youth-heavy music industry, it’s difficult to be a newcomer – a fact that many artists use to inspire their music.

Below are a few lyrics to offer some advice and get you amped up about being young in government.

“Be young. Be dope. Be proud.” – Lana del Rey, American

The message: Don’t let your age hold you back. Especially in the public sector, age can be seen as a detractor because it implies a lack of experience. Highlight the advantages of your youth, such as your tech savviness or connection to a large social network, when seeking new jobs or responsibilities.


“We flawless, ladies tell ’em. I woke up like this.” – Beyoncé, Flawless

The message: Be proud of your natural abilities. Queen Bey is talking about her appearance, but her message is one that you can use for your more professional traits. If you are especially good at math, own it. Become the go-to person for budgeting and finance issues. If you have an obsessive attention to detail, let people know you’re probably the best person to proof department work.


“You can hate it or love it. Hustle and the struggle is the only thing I’m trusting.” -Iggy Azalea, Work

The message: Your hard work will pay off. There are no shortcuts. Whether you want to be a diva like Ziggy Izz or a government rockstar, a strong worth ethic is the key to professional success.


“We only humans, girl. We make mistakes. To make it up, I’ll do whatever it takes.” – 50 Cent, 21 Questions

The message: Granted, Fiddy was talking about relationships, but he had a good point. Especially as a young employee, you’re going to make mistakes. That’s just part of learning a new job, a complex agency, and the rules of government. What’s important is that, when you do make a mistake, you take ownership and amend it. Then, move forward.


“It’s okay not to be okay. Sometimes it’s hard to follow your heart. But tears don’t mean you’re losing, everybody’s bruising.” – Jessie J, Who You Are

The message: It’s okay to admit that everything in your life isn’t going according to plan. Most of your peers are probably feeling the same way. But that doesn’t mean you’re failing. It just means you’re adapting.


“You know life is what we make it, and a chance is like a picture, it’d be nice if you just take it” – Alicia Keys, ft. Drake, Unthinkable

The message: Don’t be afraid to take risks. This is especially good advice when you’re young. Try to take some risks in your professional life. Take every opportunity to learn new skills, expand your responsibilities, and step out of your comfort zone.


“Sky is the limit and you know that you keep on. Just keep pressin’ on. Sky is the limit and you know that you can have what you want. Be what you want.” – Notorious BIG, Sky is the Limit

The message: Don’t limit yourself. If what you’re doing right now isn’t working for you, figure out something new to pursue. Like I said at the beginning of this post–government is full of opportunities. You just have to get out there and make the most of them.


Do you have any other lyrics that keep you inspired at work? Let us know in the comments below!


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Matthew Garlipp

Some great lyrics, Hannah! I’d add, “Ya gotta keep ya head up” by Tupac. Despite adversity or any roadblocks that appear in your path, stay strong and persistent in the accomplishment of your goals.

alan reynolds

thank you for the biggie line skys the limit has been on my playlist since my changing my plain for work career he got the line for a classic 80’s song by dtrain keep on its also great song made my day

Dawn Juker

“Everybody’s looking for something – some of them want to use you, some of them want to get used by you, some of them want to abuse you, some of them want to be abused…” Eurythmics. Message – Each and every person, regardless of background or socioeconomic status is looking for something – in most cases a better life. However, the path they must travel to find their “dream” can offer all kinds of hurdles, beliefs, or the way they/we interpret their/our actions. It’s important to know the story before jumping to conclusions. We might just find solutions to alter their course to a smoother engagement in the workplace and in the lives of consumers/family. We might learn, grow, or alter our own existence along the way as well.


Perfectly inspirational …. I am a split between the Millenials and GenX and I totally understand these tips as well as find benefit in re-using almost every one of them in some way in my professional arena. Not an avid fan of social media, although I am open to trying many things….at least once. Thank you.