Katherine Ryan

A recent survey by FederalNewsRadio showed that lack of career development is the third reason a young federal employee would leave their job (http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=204&sid=2464700). This not only speaks to current young feds in the workforce, but also recent graduate applicants. Young applicants to government positions do not see the same sorts of career development opportunities at agencies that the do in private organizations. Expectations about how many jobs a person will hold in their career have changed (http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/162/average-time-spent-at-job-4-years), and younger workers see no great appeal in being tenured in government for life. Many agencies also do not recognize that the younger generations are digital natives; they grew up using technology and the Internet. The newer generations are used to having information delivered to them and need to be recruited more actively. Lastly, recent college grads do not operate well in a hierarchical, top-down workplace (and Government is the stereotypical “poster child” for this structure whether it means to be or not). Recent college grads are into a much more fluid, flexible workplace where technology is used communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime.