Finding Meaningful Work in Public Service Career
In Chapter 18 of 18 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, public affairs and communications strategist Matt Curtis shares how he finds joy and fulfillment working across communities, governments, and individuals solving problems. He notes how his current private sector job allows him to make a measurable difference across communities by connecting private and public sector channels. Matt Curtis is the director of government relations at HomeAway Inc.
Erik: What makes your work meaningful? Matt: You know, it’s funny, I’ve never really thought about that until you asked just now in that way. But having meaningful work is very important to me. I don’t think I could work a job that wasn’t meaningful. In fact, I really don’t feel like I work a job, honestly. I think I still feel like what I do is public service. I might be working in the private sector doing public service, but what I’m doing is trying to help communities find something that works for them. You know, when I go in to work and I’m able to help solve some problems, whether it be for the community or government entity or an individual, that’s when I walk home and I think that made all the difference in the world to me. And that’ll give me the energy to get me through the next day. I love helping people solve their problems. And that is what makes going in to work meaningful.