RTÉ Brainstorm – How civil service careers can attract millennials and Gen Z

Whitaker Institute members Noreen O’Connor and Prof Alma McCarthy, of the Work, Organizations and Society cluster, have written a new article for RTÉ Brainstorm. The piece looks how the civil service can attract young people to fill the gap of the large number of people due to retire in the coming years.

How civil service careers can attract millennials and Gen Z

"81% of respondents said that they would be interested in finding out more about a career in the public sector and 37% found a career in the public sector attractive"

Analysis: with huge numbers due to retire ithe coming years, the Irish civil service will require increased recruitment among younger generations

By Noreen O’Connor and Alma McCarthyNUI Galway

The outbreak of Covid-19 and its global impact is expected to become another generation-defining crisis for millennials (those born between 1983 and 2002) and Gen Z (those born since 2003). Currently 50% of the world’s population is under the age of 30. The millennial generation represents the largest segment of the existing professional workforce, recently surpassing retiring boomers.

Many argue that younger generations will be more severely impacted by the pandemic in terms of education, job opportunities and social life. The level of uncertainty about whether there will be a swift economic bounce-back or whether the economy will take longer to recover is a key aspect impacting younger generation jobs and careers. Continue reading…