I’m sick of being a federal employee. Yeah, that’s right. The boy that always talks about how much he enjoys his job is sick of working for Uncle Sam. Not because I hate the government, but because I hate you. Well maybe not you, but definitely the guy (or girl (or stuffed animal)) next to you.
It hasn’t always been this way. I started working for the Fed in 2007, a few months after I turned 22. Times were good. No one seemed to care that I had a “cushy” $38,000 government gig (note sarcasm). During my first year the economy had a serious case of explosive diarrhea. Stocks were plummeting. College grads were struggling to find work. Gas prices were soaring. It was the financial apocalypse.
In 2008, people that use to not care about my job, suddenly hated me for it. My work ethic, my intelligence (what little I have), and my commitment to success suddenly became moot points. Almost over night, I went from “Ninja a pretty hard worker” to “Ninja the free rider.”
Look I get it, you think federal employees are overpaid. Stop whining to me about it. I don’t set the federal employee pay schedules and benefit plans. You’re complaining to the wrong guy. That’s congresses gig. You wouldn’t walk up to a bank teller at Bank Of America and yell at her for all the shady things the BoA corporate big-wigs have done, would you? So why do you chastise me for something I have no control over?
As long as I am working for the Fed, my knowledge, skills, and abilities will unfortunately be doubted. I am doomed to the “he gets paid to sit on his butt” stereotype.
So today, March 30th, I plan to shut each and every one of you haters up. I’m giving myself 12 months to find a “better” offer in the private sector. If by March 2012 I have not either A) left the government for the private sector or B) received a job offer for a position comparable to (or better than) my current position, I will gladly admit that I am a societal leech.
I’ll be sure to keep you posted on this journey (not that I think you actually care). I can’t wait for the day I can shove that offer letter in someone’s face and say “HA!!!!!”