My first week as a Presidential Management Fellow is officially complete. After a full day of orientation on Monday, the rest of the week was devoted to learning the ins and outs of the office I am working in. This included learning about the projects I will be working on and meeting my co-workers.
SO MANY ACRONYMS – Having worked in the private sector and state government, I have had my fair share of experience with acronyms. However, during my first week I have had more than ever. So I started a list of all the new acronyms that come up in my day-to-day at the Department of Energy. That list is at just under 80, and I am only in week one. But I got some good advice from a co-worker: if you hear an acronym you don’t know, just ask!
I’M STILL IN AWE! – After this first week, I still get a strange feeling seeing the Washington Monument and the dome of the U.S. Capitol building every morning on my way to work. My friend from DC really put the feeling into perspective for me…you see all the tourists who come here from all over the world oohing and ahhing over the White House, monuments, and other attractions. And you can remember even being one of those tourists at some point (which I do!). But by understanding that excitement and intrigue, you just might get a glimpse of how lucky you are to live in such a special place. That notion could not be more accurate, and I am truly grateful to be here. From all the amazing eateries, to all the sites you can see, DC is truly a remarkable place to call home!
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE – The Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) has many requirements to get certified at the end of the two years. So over the next 60 days, I will be working on my Individual Development Plan which will include the training and development plans for the next two years with a minimum of 80 hours of interactive training each year. On top of that, I will start considering the rotational options which will provide me with the opportunity to work with a another federal department or agency for 4-6 months. The PMF Program is an excellent leadership training ground, and I am looking forward to all of the learning opportunities it will bring.
I hope you have enjoyed hearing about my first week. Make sure to keep in touch and look out for my future blog posts! Leave a comment below with your thoughts, or just to say hello!