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This short report documents barriers and facilitators to attracting talented and diverse college and university students into public sector careers in the Southern California region. These barriers and facilitators are organized within four major topics: talent attraction, candidate qualifications, entry and hiring process, and benefits and retention. Information from this study in intended to help the Southern California Government to University Initiative formulate action plans and stimulate regional discussion to address the challenges. To inform the report's findings, the project analyzed statistical data about the public sector workforce, reviewed previous reports and literature, and conducted interviews with college students, college career services professionals, and government hiring managers.

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The research described in this report was sponsored by the Volcker Alliance and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and conducted by RAND Education and Labor.

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