The Intelligence Community must adapt to effectively recruit millennials to careers in public service, according to a new op-ed by INSA President Chuck Alsup and intern Nathaniel Morra. ClearanceJobs published the op-ed, Making Intelligence Careers Appealing to Millennials, on Monday, April 2, 2018.
"All organizations must adapt their corporate cultures as younger generations – with new skills, different values, and high expectations – enter the workforce," Alsup and Morra write. "Government agencies, with their cumbersome bureaucracies and hiring processes, seem particularly slow to change. However, the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), with its demanding security requirements, has developed cultural and bureaucratic traits that may discourage millennials and the younger “Generation Z” cohort from pursuing intelligence careers. The IC should adapt to generational trends and demands if it is to develop the critical technological skills needed to understand and combat evolving national security threats."
Among their recommendations, Alsup and Morra call for higher salaries for individuals with in-demand technical skills and effective reform of the security clearance process.
"Although the IC has an increasing need for the skills millennials possess, it needs to make more effective efforts to compete with private sector employers for top talent. The Intelligence Community must develop more agile and responsive processes and rules to attract the innovators whom the nation needs to keep us safe in the 21st century," they write.Read More at ClearanceJobs