The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recently announced that only 2.3% of 35,000 college students surveyed are interested in pursuing federal employment.
Looking beyond myopic political rhetoric, my sense is the main causes for this is the government itself. The competitive hiring process is frustrating, exasperating, and difficult to manage even with recent efforts to improve it. For example, about 18 months ago, I heard an anecdote that only 2% of all those who apply for federal positions on USAJobs get an interview. I have no idea what the hiring rate is.
And the tales of woe I’ve heard FAR exceed the tales of success when it comes to federal applications for non-veterans.
Have you experienced this? Were you or someone you know successful? Is success the exception?
Or am I living in a negativity bubble?