My recent observation is that young people today interested in ‘public service’ careers don’t feel limited to the ‘public sector’. In addtion to any opportunities they see at the federal, state, or local level, they are just as open to (and often times more interested in) opportunities in the non-profit/philanthropic and private social enterprise sectors.
I’m not sure if this is entirely a bad thing. It certainly makes it more difficult for government to acquire talent. However, it may also inspire opportunities for us to look at delivery of government services in different ways. While government by bureacracy works well in some areas, perhaps government by partnership with with other juisdictions and sectors may create new and more effective ways of delivering services that we haven’t previously considered.
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