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					   Making the
   Difference
2009 Annual Meeting of the
American Democracy Project
     June 11-13, 2009


    Jennifer Carignan
      Caroline Pettit
The Partnership for Public Service



     The Partnership works
     to revitalize our federal
  government by inspiring a new
    generation to serve and by
transforming the way government
              works.
Call to Serve


 Launched in 2002 with the Office of Personnel
  Management
 Network of more than 650 colleges and 75 federal
  agencies
   • Inspire and educate students about the importance of a
     strong civil service by working with college campus
     coordinators
   • Facilitates sharing of best practices among agencies and
     campuses
 Check if your campus is a member on calltoserve.org


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Great Expectations! What Students Want in an Employer
and How Federal Agencies Can Deliver It

                         The report is based on
                          Universum’s 2008 survey
                          of 43,000 undergraduates
                          that identifies qualities
                          young people seek in
                          employers.
Leaving Talent on the Table: The Need to Capitalize on High
Performing Student Interns

                           Focuses on ways to
                            leverage student interns as
                            a strategic component of
                            workforce planning,
                            recruitment and hiring at
                            the entry levels
Making the Difference: A Blueprint for Matching University
Students with Federal Opportunities

                           This report includes a
                            series of recommendations
                            for federal agencies,
                            universities and Congress
                            outlining how each of these
                            groups can help to ensure
                            our federal government has
                            the talent it needs.
Mythbusting


                       Let’s identify some of the
                          major myths students
                        believe about working for
                       the federal government and
                       develop some strategies for
                         debunking those myths



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Myth #1: The “bureaucracy myth”




Federal employees are paper pushers who
 are caught up in bureaucracy. Your work as a
 federal employee doesn’t make a difference.
Myth #2: The “low pay” myth




Salaries for federal employees are low, low,
 and low. You’re better off going to work for
 the private sector.
Myth #3: The “Washington” myth




If you work for the federal government, you
 have to work in Washington, D.C. Say
 goodbye to your friends and family.
Myth #4: The “political science major” myth




Federal employees are all social sciences
 majors. The government doesn’t need people
 with other backgrounds.
Myth #1: The “bureaucracy myth”




Breaking down myth #1:
Federal employees are paper pushers who
 are caught up in bureaucracy. Your work as a
 federal employee doesn’t make a difference.
Busting Myth 1: What young feds say about their jobs

           “I am able to make a
            big difference by
          working from within the

            Government.” (OPM)
                                          “Working for the
                                      Government offers me a
                                     level of experience and
                                    substantive knowledge
        “I work on the most           that I could not access in
       important national             the private sector at this
            security and                stage of my career.”
     humanitarian issues our                   (STATE)
    country faces today and see
       real progress towards
    improving how we respond to
          crises.” (DOD)
 Busting Myth 1: Making the Difference




 1.   Nicole Nelson-Jean                   3. Tobin Bradley
      U.S. Department of Energy               U.S. Department of State
 2. Nicole Faison                          4. Subhashree Madhavan
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban      National Institutes of Health
    Development


•Download videos of medal winners at:
servicetoamericamedals.org
•Apply for speaker for your campus at:
calltoserve.org
Busting Myth 2: The “low pay” myth




Breaking down myth #2:
Salaries for federal employees are low, low,
 low. You’re better off going to work for the
 private sector.
Busting Myth 2: Federal pay and advancement

 General Schedule (GS) is the pay scale for many
  federal jobs and is graded from 1-15

 Varies by geographic location

 Each grade has 10 steps, allowing for a range of
  salaries

 Within a few years, employees can progress
  through several grades
Busting Myth 2: General Schedule (GS) grade criteria

Grade                            Qualifying education
GS-4                             Associate’s degree or 2 years above high school

GS-5                             4 academic years above high school leading to a
                                 bachelor’s degree OR a bachelor’s degree
GS-7                             Bachelor’s degree with one of the following:
                                   • Class standing (upper third of class)
                                   • 3.0 or higher GPA; 3.5 or higher GPA in major
                                   • Honor society membership
GS-9                             Master’s degree (or equivalent)
Source: opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp




                                                           GS-5 and GS-7 are considered
                                                                   “entry level”
Busting Myth 2: Selected 2009 starting salaries


                      City                             GS-5       GS-7      GS-9
   Atlanta                                          $32,039   $39,687    $48,545

   Chicago                                          $33,639   $41,669    $50,969

   Dallas                                           $32,418   $40,156    $49,118

   New York City                                    $34,582   $42,837    $52,398

   San Francisco                                    $36,309   $44,976    $55,015

   Washington, D.C.                                 $33,269   $41,210    $50,408
   Source:http://opm.gov/oca/09tables/indexGS.asp
Busting Myth 2: Selected 2009 starting salaries

 City                                               GS-5       GS-7          GS-9           GS-11

 Atlanta                                           $32,039    $39,687      $48,545    $58,734

 Chicago                                          $33,639    $41,669     $50,969 $61,667

 Dallas                                           $32,418    $40,156      $49,118 $59,428

 New York City                                    $34,582    $42,837      $52,398 $63,397

 San Francisco                                    $36,309    $44,976      $55,015 $66,562

 Washington, D.C.                                 $33,269    $41,210     $50,408 $60,989
 Source:http://opm.gov/oca/08tables/indexGS.asp




                                                                        Then, 2-3 years later… possible
                                                                              career progression
Busting Myth 2: Benefits of government service

 Student loan repayment assistance
   •   Some agencies may repay up to $10,000 of your student loans per year
   •   In 2007, 33 agencies provided 6,619 employees with $42 million in
       assistance
   •   The average loan repayment in 2007 was $6,345

 Flexible schedules and generous vacation
 Training and professional development
 Competitive health and retirement benefits
 Excellent advancement opportunities
Myth #3: The “Washington” myth




Breaking down myth #3:
If you work for the federal government, you
 have to work in Washington, D.C. Say
 goodbye to your friends and family.
Busting Myth 3: Jobs are located across the U.S. and world




                   There are over 50,000
                   federal employees overseas
Myth #4: The “political science major” myth




Breaking down myth #4:
Federal employees are all social sciences
 majors. The government doesn’t need people
 with other backgrounds.
Busting Myth 4: Almost any major can find a federal fit

In FY 2007, roughly 46,264 people were hired in the federal government at the entry level
(GS-5, GS-6, GS-7) into the following occupations:

 Occupation                                                          # Employees
 Medical and Public Health                                                        7,560
 Accounting and Budget                                                            4,672
 Business and Industry                                                             2,012
 Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare                                           1,828
 Engineering and Architecture                                                      1,148
 Education                                                                           612
 Information Technology                                                              376
 Source: fedscope.opm.gov
Busting Myth 4: Almost any major can find a federal fit

There are many “mission critical” jobs that need to be filled, but these
students do not think of the federal government as a potential employer.
Key Research Findings: Interest and Knowledge

Interest is High
Key Research Findings: Interest and Knowledge


  What percentage of college students feel very
   knowledgeable about federal employment?
                     A. 24%
                     B. 13%
                     C. 7%
                     D. 32%



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Review the Benefits of Federal Service


 Have the opportunity to make a difference
 Be able to influence the future of our country
 There's a job for every interest
 Quick advancement
 Federal jobs pay better than you think
 Enjoy work/life balance




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       Partnership for Public Service
                       Resources



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Call to Serve Resources Will Help You To:


 Inspire
   • Annenberg Speakers Bureau
   • Making the Difference DVD
   • Federal Profile Posters
   • Service to America Medals (Sammies)
Call to Serve Resources Will Help You To:


 Educate
  • Toolkit
  • Webinar Workshops
  • Federal Advisor Trainings
  • Monthly Call to Serve eNewsletter
  • Hot Jobs/Cool Internships Listserv
  • Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
Call to Serve Resources Will Help You To:


 Transform
   • Making the Difference Federal Internship Program
   • Federal Service Student Ambassadors
   • Federal Career Day (FCD) Toolkit
   • Federal Agency Directory
   • Grants Program
Find and Apply Workshop

 Teach your colleagues and students how to find and apply
  for federal jobs!
 www.calltoserve.org/toolkit: Educate and Advise
  Students




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  Find and Apply

 Includes detailed
  notes for the
  presenter
 Provides step-by-
  step instructions
  for finding and
  applying for
  federal jobs




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 Academic Quick Guides




 www.calltoserve.org/toolkit
www.calltoserve.org/toolkit
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Making the Difference


                              • Red, White and Blue
                                Jobs Library: how to
                                find great jobs in the
                                federal service
                              • 17 interest-specific
                                career guides
                              • Agency profiles
                              • KSA writing and federal
                                resumes
                              • Profiles in public service
                              • Security clearance
                              • Student loan repayment




www.makingthedifference.org
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 Best Places to Work




                           • Provides overall
                             rankings for agencies
                             and subcomponents
                           • Also ranks agencies
                             based on Best in Class
                             scores in areas
                             including Teamwork,
                             Effective Leadership,
                             Support for Diversity
                             and Pay and Benefits




www.bestplacestowork.org
www.bestplacestowork.org
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Questions?



 Jennifer Carignan: jcarignan@ourpublicservice.org


 Caroline Pettit: cpettit@ourpublicservice.org


 Partnership for Public Service: 202.775.9111
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