(But they don’t have to be.)
Recently, I posted on Twitter about my issues as a candidate in the Public Service staffing process, due to changes in the classification standard from CS to IT. The changes included a new educational standard that requires “graduation” rather than “completion of two years”:
This presented challenges for me as I’m seeking indeterminate positions (fancy government speak for “job without a contract end date”) but don’t have my degree yet. Common sense would dictate that since I’m already an employee working for a government department, just not one with that status, I’d be grandfathered in to some degree and able to get it later, right? Not from my experience:
Even if you’re in a pool and qualified, I found out the hard way that sometimes, new pool requirements can still disqualify you.
This is one big barrier to staffing in the public service that I’ve faced, as the public sector hiring system is already lengthy and overly administrative, adding more requirements makes the hiring process collectively worse, especially for juniors / new grads.
My perspective is that we should be pointing out the unintended consequences of these types of hiring requirements in order to help address the public sector’s long documented challenges in tech hiring and retention.
In my experience, these are all issues that frankly are not faced by private sector organizations as they are not constrained by strict educational requirements relating to hiring.
What do you think? Reach out to me on Twitter if you have any thoughts to share!
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own as an enterprising developer and student - and do not necessarily represent the opinions of my employer.