Retaining recent graduates in government: A career fit model
United States federal human resources officials experience difficulty attracting and retaining recent university graduates. Explored in this qualitative interpretative phenomenological study were the lived experiences of former federal career interns to understand and interpret the meaning of their decisions to remain in civil service positions after completing a two-year internship. Participants revealed three themes important in their decisions to remain civil servants: (a) satisfying basic needs, (b) achieving career growth objectives, and (c) discerning public service as a career. Participants associated a variety of altruist and pragmatic perspectives with their decisions to accept permanent civil service positions. Participants identified manager engagement in their professional growth and interests as a major factor in their career decisions.
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