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Is government a good place to start a career?

In his latest column, Steve Kelman encourages agencies to start work now to recruit next year's college graduates. "More agencies need to realize that although June seems far away, our best students are recruited months before graduation," Kelman writes. "Advance planning is necessary to allow time for security clearances at many agencies. And because students can be nervous about landing a job, early offers give an agency an advantage with students for whom a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." But Kelman also raises a question we have heard young feds ask on more than one occasion: Is the federal government a good place for a graduate to begin his or her career? "In many agencies," Kelman says, "recruitment and selection of entry-level employees is a subsidiary task, a sort of other-duties-as-assigned chore typically delegated to junior people or even mainly to workforce specialists." Read the complete column here . What do you think?

Posted on Oct 05, 2007 at 12:12 PM


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