3 Things Government Workplaces Get Right for Millennials

Crystal Kadakia Posted by Crystal Kadakia, HR Consultant, Owner, Invati Consulting.


What comes to mind when Millennials and Gen Z picture working for the government? Is it the dreaded paper pushing of USPS or DMV? Or the action-packed, drama-filled days of Jac....

What comes to mind when Millennials and Gen Z picture working for the government? Is it the dreaded paper pushing of USPS or DMV? Or the action-packed, drama-filled days of Jack Bauer, CSI, or House of Cards? In NSHSS’s 2016 study, 57% of high school students expressed an interest in working for government agencies, especially the FBI (ranked #6 in the top 200 preferred employers) and the CIA (ranked #9). While it may come as a surprise to some, the government has distinct advantages to the private sector when it comes to creating a Millennial-friendly workplace. Millennial Sherina Edwards is the youngest commissioner ever appointed on a five-year term on the Illinois Commerce Commission. She made an unusual transition: from a strong career path in consumer finance litigation to learning the ins and outs of Illinois’ energy regulation. We often hear of career leaps from public sector to private sector, but not as frequently the reverse. What attracted a six-figure-plus earning lawyer to a career in public service? Edwards describes governmental agency work as sharing many of the qualities that attract Millennials to entrepreneurship: a basis in passion or mission, high responsibility roles, and possibility for accelerated growth. While for the […]