Next week I have the opportunity to utilize five minutes to talk about Human Capital Issues as part of a panel during our All Managers Conference. So the topic of the panel discussion has been running around in my head for the last several days and I have the urge to share.
There are three topics (hiring process, recruitment, and retention) and most of my thoughts have centered around the latter two. I know the hiring process is slow and needs to be faster, however I suspect there are plenty of people already thinking about it so I can spend my time on recruitment and retention.
Specifically on recruitment my latest ‘thought’ is why are we not reaching out to all of the Universities/Colleges in the Washington DC area? Specifically, why do I not have the ability to reach out to a Public Administration professor at the University of Maryland (literally 5 minutes from my office) and offer to come into her/his classroom and speak to the students about why I love being a bureacrat? Even better, perhaps I can bring along several people just out of school that are working for us and they can talk to the class about what they enjoy about working for the Federal Government. Does the Professor and students even know that they have a large Federal presence so close to their school and they can take advantage of for site visits, internships, summer jobs, etc.? Get us into the classroom and perhaps we can convince some bright young talent to join the Federal sector and begin contributing to our Mission.
Or what about Howard, JMU, GMU, Georgetown, Galludet, Bowie State, Hopkins, UMBC, etc. etc. And this can’t be an original idea (I have very few) so is somebody already doing the above? Are they willing to share?
Most importantly, are you willing to share if you are already doing any of the above?