TLP: Young, Inexperienced and Idealistic? Sign 'Em Up
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:So, get ready for a younger workforce, full of ... what? Earnestness? Excitability? Great ideas? Who knows. One bonus: they've got to work cheaper.
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.