It's Wednesday, so it's time for "FedMentor of the Week," part of a new video initiative called FedMentors. Goldy Kamali, CEO of sponsor FedScoop, told Federal News Radio that the series is designed to share best practices, career advice and management tips.
A video on the site says that only 10 percent of the federal work force is under 30 and that 50 percent of today's federal workers will be eligible to retire within the next five years.
Today's "FedMentor of the Week" is Dave McClure, associate administrator in the Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies for the General Services Administration, talking about his first government job.
In a previous post, I pointed to a Harvard Business Review article in which author Amy Gallo explained that mentoring is not the formal relationship of years past, but basically an informal network of close advisors.
I wrote yesterday about Google's data mining project that culled eight vital characteristics of good managers. In the federal government, managers have to be especially focused and dogged in their pursuit of innovation.
Obviously, the federal government is looking to hire a lot of younger people and to have them step up into management roles very quickly. That's especially true in cyber security. Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, recently told an audience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that DHS also is relying on the private sector to help the department extract meaningful information from "billions" of data points.
InformationWeek quotes her, saying:
We therefore cannot overstate the need for software engineers and information systems designers. We need communications and data security experts. And we need this kind of talent working together to find new and faster ways to identify and separate relevant data.