Government job and professional development?

I am blessed enough to have the stability of a state job in technology field. That's more the case in this day and age, where jobs are threatened which is more the case in private sector. However, my concern is there's still plenty of do nothing time at my job. I'm not sure if it's just me or other people are pretending to be busy at my workplace. I am fully aware that government jobs tend to be slower paced than private sector jobs. Is this normal or should I be asking for more work? BTW, I passed the probationary so it's relatively difficult to fire me. I don't think I'm learning enough which is what's causing my concern. Of course, I could study during those do nothing times, but should I consider switching to maybe educational sector or risk working in private sector?

Asked By: hamilton - 11/28/2008
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Good question! My guess is it's not just you. There probably are alot of people in your job who pretend to be busy but really don't do much. If i were you I probably wouldn't ask for more work or anything like that, I've heard this sort of thing many times from people who work in government jobs... More
Answered By: starfishblues - 11/30/2008
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All who work for the government have seen this at some time. That is why politicians are always promising to "run government like a business". Bureaucracy is always difficult to streamline. Just go with the flow. But try to invent something while you are underworked..
Answered By: Ed Atun - 12/6/2008
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