the pigs and the army are stepping up thier attempts to rucruit all the poor
kids into thier fuking ss shit...
as students we must rise up to oppose this
for our own sake
Gov't Steps Up Campus Recruiting
Wednesday November 20, 2002 7:20 PM
Before getting her bachelor's degree in business and accounting last June
from the College of Charleston, Alicia Valentino took a look at the
private-sector job market - and opted for graduate school.
But barely six months later, Valentino may change course. With federal
agencies stepping up campus recruiting because of openings in the Homeland
Security agency and an anticipated wave of retirements, Valentino is
considering getting a job with the government while pursuing her degree.
``The pay is not that bad with the federal government, and with the private
sector being what it is, I think I'd rather have a stable job, especially in
accounting, where you could wind up working for a WorldCom or Enron,''
said Valentino, who interviewed with four federal agencies at a recent job
Despite complaints about the length of the application process, many
students are giving government employment a serious look.
The Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit group that promotes civil
service careers, said that with at least 50 percent of the existing federal
work force eligible for retirement by 2007, there should be more than
enough positions to go around. The partnership estimates the government
needs to fill 250,000 jobs.
Students and career counselors - hurting from consecutive years of sub-par
hiring - are happy to see the government on campus.
``The poor students in college this year, everything changed during their
college education. They came in at a high, economically, and they're leaving
with all the rules changed,'' said Nancy Cathcart, a career counselor with
Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.
Recruiters from federal law enforcement agencies showed up at Champlain
to interview criminal justice majors at an October job fair. Other schools
that have held career fairs this fall, including Charleston and Drake
University in Des Moines, Iowa, report government interest in students
with an array of majors.
The State Department has intensified its recruiting since the Bush
administration took over, said Diane Castiglione, director of recruiting.
``In the Foreign Service we change our positions every couple of years, so it
gives you the best of both worlds: You can get a new job without losing a
job,'' Castiglione said. ``You have that stimulus of change, excitement and
new challenges and interesting work with the stability of not having to go out
and find a new employer every couple of years.''
The government is getting help in its recruiting effort from the Partnership
for Public Service, seeded last year with a $25 million contribution from a
private lawyer grateful for past work with the Justice Department.
So far, the partnership has brought 380 colleges and universities together
with 60 agencies.
The group's president, Max Stier, said that in addition to providing
long-term stability, government jobs - 85 percent of which are outside of
Washington - also appeal to a mindset created by the terrorist attacks.
``Young people today are looking for an opportunity to make a difference
rather than to make a dollar,'' he said.
But for the government to appeal to more young people, it must shorten the
application process and the time from the hiring date to the start of work,
said Brenda Davis, director of career development at Alabama A&M
University in Normal, Ala. Civil service examinations and security checks
slow down the process, she said.
Shirley Lecque, a senior at Charleston interested in an accounting career
with the Air Force Auditing Agency, agreed with Davis.
``The application is so long, it's like reading a book,'' said Lecque, drawn to a
government job by tales of classmates with accounting degrees now working
as bank tellers.
Acknowledging that gaps of up to six months between a job offer and the start
of employment pose a ``tremendous problem,'' Stier said the partnership is
working with the government to accelerate the process.
Stier said the partnership hopes to remove the stigma attached to
``It's been a bipartisan sport to run down the federal government for some
time,'' he said. ``We have an opportunity to change that.''
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