Unfortunately, many agencies have yet to step up in helping the Young Feds achieve this goal. So what exactly are we asking for? Well here is just a snippet:
· Mentorship: We desperately need the support of the Older Feds to help us navigate the behemoth that is the Federal Government and to encourage and guide our career path to where we want it to be.
· Proper Operating Procedures: A lot of agencies’ ways of doing things are not properly documented. The retirees leave, taking a chuck of legacy knowledge with them. A Young Fed entering into this situation is left to fend for themselves most likely resulting in mistakes.
· A chance to think outside the box: I always hear… “This is how we doings things here” and never… “Okay I see where you are coming from, why don’t we try this.” Agencies need to greatly empower the Young Feds to take risks and think outside the box.
· Continuing Education and Student Loan Repayment: I know this might be tied to the amount of funding an agency receives, but I believe this is one of the best retention tools an agency can give a Young Fed. Education either towards a certificate program or a graduate program improves the chances of a Young Fed to be promoted. Student Loan Repayment increases the chances of a Young Fed to stay longer at an agency.
This by no means is a complete list but these are some of the tools I believe if given to Young Feds will help us succeed at our agencies.
Ms. I.J Ezeonwuka
Chapter Liaison 2008-2009
Young Government Leaders
I.J works for the Department of Homeland Security/United State Coast Guard as a Contract Specialist. She is on the Executive Board of Young Government Leader and is also a Community Leader on GovLoop.