I recently read an article on 5 traits public servants tend to have. Now as I consider myself a public servant, of course I did nothing but compare myself to these traits.
Willingness to help each other, passionate about mission/want to make an impact, cautious, struggling navigating the bureaucracy, and want to learn about others were what the article considered to be great traits of a dedicated public servant. I couldn’t help but get excited when I saw myself in these traits.
Of course each individual is different. We have to think about what in public service calls to us. Those of us who are interested in nonprofits or international NGOs may have different traits than someone who is more interested in local government or federal positions. Of course I do think every public servant can have a little bit of everything.
I also belive there are many other traits that public servants possess. So what can you do to fully engulf yourself in public service? Here are a couple of suggestions:
- Volunteer: Think about an issue, topic, or organization you are passionate about. I guarantee there is something out there you can dedicate your time to and you’ll love it in the process!
- Intern: If you are still in the process of looking for internships, there are many internship positions out there that can benefit you professionally. Check out the USA Jobs website if you are interested in internship positions.
- Further your education: There are many undergraduate and graduate programs out there which are geared towards public service. I briefly talk about my experience in a public service-centered graduate program. (Let me know if you want me to do a full review on my experiences and I will!)
- Be a Good Citizen!: If volunteering, interning, or getting another degree isn’t for you, then all you have to do is be another kind member of society. Do everything you can to make everything great for yourself, your neighbor, and your country.
Those are some of the tips I have! Let me know in the comments below if you are looking to be in a career of public service and if you have any other tips!