While college graduates are breathing a sigh of relief at finally getting to the end, the next priority is finding a job. Sometimes, finding a company looking for a candidate who is fresh on education and light on experience can be challenging. But with an increase in virtual recruiting and talent programs, many employers are ramping up their college grad recruiting efforts. According to Handshake, a platform focused on college grads, 80% of current grads are searching for a prospective employer with a good reputation, but almost half of 2020’s pandemic grads are still job hunting. Companies like Microsoft, Pfizer, Amazon, Accenture, and General Electric are all key employers that are doing well at attracting young talent, based on brand resonance and virtual event engagement.

“The pandemic accelerated our plans to expand our virtual recruiting capabilities,” Julie Grzeda, executive director for early career talent at GE, said in a statement. “Companies of all sizes are working to provide more personalized interactions and proactive outreach to share our opportunities with students.”

Layoffs Impacting the Cleared Industry

Ascension Technologies As the healthcare world switches gears a bit, Ascension Technologies has plans to layoff over 650 employees this year. As the organization switches gears to outsource their tech support to a third party, it leaves affected employees looking for work, signing with the new vendor, or applying for jobs within Ascension. Employees who cannot find another job will get severance and placement services from Ascension during the transition. The layoffs are expected to be made by the end of the summer.

Hiring impacting the Cleared Industry

Raytheon NASA awarded Raytheon its Earth Observing Systems Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Evolution and Development (EED)-3 contract. The cost plus award fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) task order contract has a maximum value of $275 million. The principal work will be performed primarily at the contractor’s facility in Riverdale, Maryland..

Contract services will focus on services for the continued improvement, reliability, availability, functionality, operability, and performance of hardware, software, and cloud-based systems for their EOSDIS. Work will be completed under the Earth Science Data and Information System Project within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Raytheon will need candidates able to engineer on-premises and commercial cloud-based systems.

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Opportunity to Watch

Space Force is about to get their own National Guard, adding in another way to support the mission. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau told the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee that we’re fairly close on getting a Space Guard and a Space Reserve, as the National Guard already works on space-related missions, with operating satellites. Whether the public is nervous about “unidentified aerial phenomena” i.e., UFOs, it’s clear that everyone’s eyes continue to be in the stars, watching what the Pentagon’s USP Task Force will uncover. Even Congress is waiting for the report, furthering public suspicion of confirmed UFOs. 

“You are looking at how is it possible that restricted military airspace is being routinely violated for months and years and nobody is informed in the Defense Department or the Congress and there is a complete system breakdown,” said Christopher Mellon, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence. “That’s a valid thing for them to investigate.”

Whether the space plot thickens or not, interest in a Space Force and what is happening outside of Earth is on everyone’s minds. 


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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.