Category Archive : Government career

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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Photo by Mateusz Dach from Pexels

By Alex Harrington

For the past 7 months, many of us have been bunkered down ‘quarantine-style’ due to the coronavirus pandemic. Before the pandemic only about 5 or 6 percent of the U.S. workforce worked from home, but today there’s roughly 37 to 45 percent teleworking. And when COVID-19 is finally behind us and our economy is back to full production, working from home will no longer be seen as a perk, but instead, a critical weapon in our fight against future pandemics

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By Alex Harrington

One can’t have enough information on how to navigate the federal hiring landscape. In fact, in one of my past blogs (Get ‘in The Know’ About The Federal Workforce), I underscored the importance of keeping a pulse on the federal workforce by reading…on a daily basis…the top media outlets that track and report on the federal workforce. 

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Join Federal Career Connection’s moderated fireside chat to learn practical steps from those who have successfully navigated the federal hiring process. You will come away with an understanding that there is no one “right way” to apply, target, and enter Federal employment, and there are opportunities for everyone.

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By Alex Harrington

For those job seekers who are considering public service, the Federal government is the nation’s largest employer; a huge enterprise that employs ~2,097,881 employees (Source: FedScope, December 2018).

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