HOW TO DEAL WITH EMPLOYMENT GAPS IN YOUR RESUME’S WORK HISTORY

The new partnership is supported by a $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act that will fund up to 5,000 public health-related careers over the next five years

By Alex Harrington, Executive Director (Acting)

To increase the public health workforce by the next five years, AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forged a partnership to launch a new Public Health AmeriCorps, which will support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs.

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A service-minded 21-year-old says her peers want to work in government, but the barriers to entry are too high. She has some suggestions for how to fix that.

Kaitlyn Rentala is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, with a globalization concentration. She gave Federal Career Connection, Inc. permission to reprint this article, first published in Government Executive (June 30, 2021). Kaitlyn is also the author of The Public Sector Pivot: How Gen Z Will Lead a Renaissance in Public Service, available here.

By Kaitlyn Rentala

If you had to guess, what percentage of the federal government do you think is under the age of 30? A year and a half ago, I would have probably said around 20%, maybe 15%. I knew the percentage was lower in the public sector than in the private sector, but I never imagined it was as low as 7%, the actual statistic. 

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By Alex Harrington, Executive Director (Acting)

Many Americans who joined the workforce may have chosen their first job by the very first offer. Or perhaps by way of a happenstance moment where the job came to them. Others may have decided on their first job by joining family business or accepted a hasty recommendation from a friend. And still, others might have painstakingly looked at various job offers and then decided on the one that commanded the highest salary. Regardless of how they selected their first job, the shared struggle for countless job seekers is they must bear future career choices, including setbacks and unexpected challenges, throughout their working life.

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