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Do you think that taking a job with a special interest...say an environmental agency within government or an administrator for an AIDS research program in government could preclude me from getting certain jobs in the future?

Actually, when I say "in government", I mean outside agencies that have ties to government, or joint ventures with government agencies.
I haven't got a clue, just wondering why you think it would though?
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I dunno, I don't see why it would as long as you can seperate the cause with your accomplishments on your resume and during interviews.
Not if they were government agencies. If you got a job with an extremist organization, I guess it could.
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I'm just afraid that people would assume that I was an activist that would have issues with a lot of things. They might think that I was a super-liberal thinker in all areas and wouldn't quite acquiesce to certain company or agency policies...or even to company culture. People tend to stay away from others if they think that they have an ax to grind. The truth is, I just want to work with the public sector in some capacity, and working for an agency that does things for the greater good is definitely a plus.

Also, I'm not sure if certain areas of government would annoy other areas too much to allow intermixing of employees.

I've gotten the impression that some workplaces seem to house more liberal thinkers, and some more conservative thinkers. I don't want to tag myself.
If you're looking to the future, something to avoid is to work for an agency/company that no one has ever heard of and probably will never hear of...small size, narrow focus...unless you're completely dedicated to whatever that agency does. I've worked for so many small companies and it's such a huge barrier, when potential employers haven't heard of the place before.

As for the rest of it, I like to believe that even if you are surrounded by lunatics, as long as you remain a voice of reason, that's what you will be known for.
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Hee! I didn't say lunatics, I said liberals and conservatives who make their politics known.

These are agencies that are located right within government buildings...they just aren't technically part of their whole network of benefits, pay, hiring. They have their own floors.
I'm just afraid that people would assume that I was an activist that would have issues with a lot of things. They might think that I was a super-liberal thinker in all areas and wouldn't quite acquiesce to certain company or agency policies...or even to company culture. People tend to stay away from others if they think that they have an ax to grind. The truth is, I just want to work with the public sector in some capacity, and working for an agency that does things for the greater good is definitely a plus.

Also, I'm not sure if certain areas of government would annoy other areas too much to allow intermixing of employees.

I've gotten the impression that some workplaces seem to house more liberal thinkers, and some more conservative thinkers. I don't want to tag myself.
Originally Posted by slinky1
A lot of things can be overcome by how you "spin" it on your coverletter.

I work for the city right now, and there is LOTS of crossover between departments. Most of the hiring is from inside.

Really the only drawback I've found is that most private-sector jobs want you to have some previous private-sector experience, and public-sector jobs want public-sector experience. Exactly what the experience is doesn't seem to come into play that much. So if you want to stay in the public sector, go for it! If your goal is to work in a private company, it might not be the ideal position, but it could still work in your favor.
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I think some of it depends on your future career goals. Example: my husband is an anthropologist (archaeology subdiscipline). He ultimately wants an academic job, but that could be years away (he's on the market now, for the second year). He has to be very careful about the sort of job he would take in the interim, has to keep an eye toward how certain jobs would affect his academic job chances. Some governmental agency jobs, and even some jobs in industry (depending on the nature of the organization and position) could actually mean that he would never again be considered for an academic position. It would literally be career suicide.

Don't know if that's relevant, but something to think about.
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