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Undergraduate Research Fellow Kaitlyn Rentala Publishes Book on Gen Z and the Public Sector

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 1:30pm

PENN SENIOR AND MITCHELL CENTER FELLOW KAITLYN RENTALA has published a book encouraging Gen Z and the public sector to embrace each other. Find the book here.

The future of the U.S. is in jeopardy – and it’s not just because of partisanship. In the end, hope for the future always lies in the next generation, and yet the government is ignoring this crop of energetic, purpose-driven workers. Only 7.3% of government employees are under the age of 30. If the U.S. is to thrive in the future then the public sector must seriously start considering hiring prospects in demographics like Gen Z. Addressing why so few young people work in government and what we can do to fix that, Kaitlyn Rentala's The Public Sector: How Gen Z Will Lead a Renaissance in Public Service explores the intersection of:

  • Public service
  • Private sector methodologies 
  • Government reform

Immense societal issues like climate change, healthcare disparities, and economic inequality threaten the very existence of our country and world. None of these problems can be properly addressed without a strong public sector workforce. The Public Sector Pivot is both a wake-up call to the public sector and to young people who may have dismissed it as a career option.