The State Worker

Government work in, corporate work out among college grads

A graduating student wears a cap reading "hire me," as the City College of New York (CCNY) class of 2016 assemble for commencement, Friday June 3, 2016, in New York.
A graduating student wears a cap reading "hire me," as the City College of New York (CCNY) class of 2016 assemble for commencement, Friday June 3, 2016, in New York. AP

Nearly one in five college graduates want to work in federal, state or local government or for a nonprofit organization, according to a new survey, and they’re willing to take less salary for meaningful, fun work.

They also tend to be more passionate about their majors, the Accenture study on the workforce of the future found, and value benefits other than pay when making their career decisions.

“The class of 2016 is especially passionate and seeking a fulfilling employee experience in their first job,” said Peter Hutchinson, public service lead for Accenture Strategy in North America.

California offers a happy hunting ground for any graduate interested in public sector employment. As of April, California had an estimated 2.5 million government jobs at the local, state and federal level – by the far the most in the country. Texas had the second-most, followed by New York.

Meanwhile, researchers found, just one in seven college grads wants to work for a large company, down from the one in five who stated that preference in 2013. Many shy away from corporate careers because they don’t want to deal with company politics and advancement concerns, the study found.

Instead, according to the report, college graduates want to work for employers who value their individuality, acknowledge their passions and tailor a career path for them in line with their interests.

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