The OPIA Blog

More college graduates making the move from Wall Street to Washington

Reuters recently reported that more and more college graduates are choosing Washington over Wall Street for their first jobs. While many students – approximately 80% – have reported having no jobs after graduation, they now feel the strong pull of public service and quite frankly, see that Washington D.C. is one of the few places currently hiring. It is hard to pinpoint any one reason for the influx of college graduates to D.C., it is clear that the combination of the economic downturn, the appeal of president Barack Obama, and the growing desire to commit to public service all have contributed to this shift.