Washington may soon be facing a problem when "roughly half of current employees will be eligible to retire between now and the end of 2008, including aslmost 70 percent of supervisors." The article, written in U.S. News and World Report, is calling the potential problem a "brain drain." Many of the departments and agencies are noticing that many of their employees are going to become eligible for retirement in the next few years and are trying to create incentives to retain its workforce until qualified individuals can replace them. Some agencies have begun to market themselves to potential applicants the same way a company would in the private sector. One example is NASA has started putting booths at job fairs at many colleges and universities around the country to attract younger applicants. Incentives such as above-minimum starting salary, and payment for interview expenses may also be used to make the job more attractive.
This may be to the advantage to many of us who are looking for jobs right out of school. The article does point out that many choose to work in the private sector because more money can be made outside government agencies. There are several jobs that pay really well, but those jobs are so competitive that it is nearly impossible to get those jobs. Maybe now that the need for new employees is going to go up in the near future, the job market will become stronger and be to the advantage of the job seeker than to the advantage of the company.