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.