NASA Tops IT Grads’ Wish Lists for Gov’t Job Offers
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NASA Tops IT Grads’ Wish Lists for Gov’t Job Offers


Who says young computer science graduates do not want to work for federal agencies? A new report lists the top 100 ideal employers among undergraduate computer science students, and 14 federal agencies made the list.

The latest survey of more than 46,000 undergraduate students by branding consultancy Universum found that the usual tech industry leaders – Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Facebook – were the top most ideal employers listed by respondents.

And while federal agencies were not among the top 10 picks, the good news is that many cracked the top 25, with even more making the top 100 ideal employers ranked by computer science grads. Among the top agency picks were NASA (11), National Security Agency (13), FBI (14), CIA (15), Defense Department (22), U.S. Air Force (25) and State Department (29).

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Rounding out the list was the Energy Department (37), U.S. Navy (41), Centers for Disease Control (43), Environmental Protection Agency (45), Veterans Affairs Department (50), U.S. Army (56), Treasury Department (75) and the National Institutes of Health (78). Several government contractors also made the list.

Federal agencies also were listed as ideal employers in all other job field categories surveyed, including business, engineering and natural sciences.

So how do agencies tap into this strong interest among young entry-level workers? According to Universum, they key for employers is to tout the workplace qualities most desired by Millennials. Among the key qualities were respect for employees, job security, a creative and dynamic work environment, professional training and development, a friendly work environment, supportive leaders, leadership opportunities, ethical standards, high future earnings and a clear path for advancement.

My belief is that those are all areas in which federal agencies can excel.

How will your agency tap into the strong interest in federal jobs among young college students? 

This article originally appeared in Nextgov. com.