Why Do You Serve in Government?

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By on April 25, 2013 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Public Service Recognition Week is May 5-11 this year. It has been celebrated the first week in May since 1985 as a time to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world.

The theme of this year’s event is “Why I Serve,” and accordingly, the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) is asking federal employees to share in their own words what public service means to them, why they chose careers in public service, and what message they would like to share with the American people about public service that people may not know.

To share these stories, PER is asking for video submissions of 2-5 minutes in length that will be posted on YouTube. Videos can be professionally created or made via your phone or other recording device and can feature a single individual or a team of several government employees.

The videos should address these kinds of questions:

  • What drew you to public service? Was there a particular person or event that sparked your interest? If you left a private sector career to serve, what spurred that decision?
  • If you are a long-time public servant, why do you continue to serve?
  • What accomplishment are you most proud of in your public service career?
  • What advice would you offer to a young person thinking about entering public service?
  • If you were speaking directly to the American people, what is the most important thing you’d want them to know about public service and/or public servants?
  • Who else in public service do you most admire? Why?

Videos should be emailed to [email protected] and will be posted on the PER’s YouTube channel as well as posted on the organization’s Facebook and Twitter feeds (#PSRW).

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Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He enjoys writing about current topics that affect the federal workforce.