I’ve met a lot of people in government that have hit a glass ceiling. They are doing great work but they tell me they can’t get more responsibility or a raise until someone retires.
Here’s a career tip – If you find yourself in that situation, try to change jobs and go to a growing agency. A new agency like DHS 7 years ago or CFPB right now will have ton of opportunities.
First thing, there is very little legacy infrastructure – so if you do a good job, you will get recognized.
Second, many people don’t like new startups and often can’t handle the lack of structure. So if you are there and stay around, in 2 years all of a sudden you will be a veteran with the institutional knowledge. And get promoted.
Third, simply new agencies continue to add new positions and openings. As they grow, they need new positions and will hire more.
Nice tip… I’m sensing a Ressler Top 5 – Top 5 agencies you’ll want to be working at in 5 year…