The International City/County Management Association has issued a call for students and young professionals to enter public service and consider a career in local government. At the federal level, the Pathways program connects recent graduates with entry-level jobs. However, many municipal governments lack anything similar. As Baby Boomers retire and municipalities large and small face shrinking income, young workers begin to look better and better.
Recent grads are willing to do the same jobs and will cost governments less, since they won’t have pensions to worry about. We are more connected to technology and can find innovative ways to move some government processes online. Across the board, we have shown a talent for meaningful, dynamic work.
My fellow MPA students work in nonprofits and in local governments. One recent grad works for Mohawk Valley’s economic development corporation. Another works for Broome County’s Office for the Aging. When I graduate in December, I would love to return to my hometown. No matter our specialty or our location, we want to build strong, vibrant communities!
Meyering is the president of Binghamton University’s MPA Grad Student Organization, the student body of the University’s Public Administration department. He graduated OHS in 2006 and Hartwick College in 2010.