How civil service can attract young tech talents

At a career fair, young talents want to meet and hear from the civil service engineers themselves, about what they are actually building.

By Kareyst Lin
Dec. 16, 2016

"When people from the government approached [young graduates] at a career fair, the perks they highlighted were things like stable job, long-term career, yearly promotions and increments, and so on. If this is the core message, it would not be what people who want to do innovation would be looking for," said Aravindh Ravisankar, former Chief Technology Officer of Intranix during a panel discussion at the GCIO Forum 2016 held in Singapore on 24 November. 

It would be much better if the team of engineers from government agencies could attend the fair, and talk about what they are actually building, Ravisankar said.

The panelists include Ravisankar; Saikrishnan Ranganathan, Cohort, Entrepreneur First; and Anika Grant, Head of HR, Asia Pacific, Uber. The panel was moderated by Amit Gupta, Director of Ecosystem Advisory.

Ranganathan agreed that insights into what a tech job in the government really entails would make it more attractive.

"If I go to the tech boards of Google or Facebook, I can see the architectural decisions that are being made by the engineers, and the kind of frameworks they are building internally to solve problems," he said. "The government solves problems for an entire nation, so obviously you have amazing technology, (and the ability to drive change at a scale startups will never be able to), but we don't hear any of that."

Young people are attracted to the concept of being able to make an impact in the place they live
"The thing that really attracts young people to a place like Uber, is first of all, the chance to make a difference, and to do work that actually has an impact," Grant said.

"[Uber] has a clear mission and strategy around improving the way that cities work, and making it easier for people to get around. And I think young people are attracted to being part of something that is bigger than them; that enables them to make a difference in the place they live," she concluded.

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