TLP: Young, Inexperienced and Idealistic? Sign 'Em Up

Sunday, August 08, 2010 , , 3 Comments

federal workforce
You figure this sort of had to happen, what with the current president being two decades younger than the last one. Seems the federal government is seeing an influx of young hires, and mixing in with longtime employees is bringing some predictable results.

The Washington Post reports, risking TLDR over three pages:
Here are some lessons Spencer Clark has learned in three years working for the federal government:

When he goes to boring meetings, he sits at the table so no one will think he's a slacker. He knows when to keep his mouth shut. He's not the best thing since sliced bread. Baby boomers have a lot to offer, even if they drive him crazy.

The earnest 27-year-old with a goatee who bikes with his laptop to his job administering the Paperwork Reduction Act for the Environmental Protection Agency is helping to rescript one of the oldest cliches in Washington. A new movement is shaking up the federal bureaucracy, as an expanding pool of idealistic, results-oriented Gen X and Yers challenges the predictability and authority-driven rules of the World War II generation and the pay-your-dues baby boomers who followed.

Many of the younger workers are arriving in a hiring spree. The Obama administration hopes to fill 50,000 to 60,000 entry-level jobs in the next year, the largest burst since the Kennedy era. The administration is creating positions in security, public health, defense -- and is pushing many jobs held by outside contractors inside the government.

The pipeline at the entry and mid-levels is opening fast as close to half a million baby boomers and older workers head out the door in the next four years.
So, get ready for a younger workforce, full of ... what? Earnestness? Excitability? Great ideas? Who knows. One bonus: they've got to work cheaper.

The Lazy Paperboy

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


W.C. Varones said...

Salaries are cheaper than the experienced folks, but the pensions will be much, much more expensive.

Someone's already working on that one, at least for new hires. We'll see how many of them get in the door before anything changes.

elf2006real said...

"pay-your-dues baby boomers who followed."

You have got to be kidding me. Not unless they are Vietnam Vets, or at least parents who married once and stayed that way. War and a solid marriage are hard work.

That's not exactly Generation Spendthrift's forte.

[sarb-ox = Gen X][although these are marketing terms]

Look I know it's not universally true, but frankly they are a Generation animated by the soul of Nero (who almost destroyed his country). For some reason the Greatest Generation weren't great parents.

BTW the WW2 Generation is nearly all dead and leaving at 10K's a day. I can't believe any still work in govt?

For them to say to a 27 year old "pay your dues" - it's like a kid in a crooked NJ Union shop: they're scamming him.

The mob has the same scam going with this "made man" sh*t BTW....