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Recruiting and training younger people is a big problem across the government. State Department came up with a new idea although it’s not limited to 1102s but is more General to their mission. It’s a virtual intern program for college students https://careers.state.gov/interns-fellows/virtual-student-federal-service/ This reminds me of the huge success we had at one agency I worked at. We had an agreement with a university at both the undergraduate and graduate level for interns. The students would work onsite for us while getting paid and earning college credits at the same time. Upon completion they were eligible for direct hire. Another good program was at another agency where we did consulting work. They had an intern program where we supplied one consultant to a small group (3-4) interns as mentors. We would be there working with interns providing guidance and assistance and immediately answer questions. This allowed them to easily learn without the need to bother the senior government employees in their office which usually didn’t have the time. Just some ideas where it seems not much is being done other to help recruit, grow, and retain good people.
To all you veteran Contract professionals, How long did it take you to feel comfortable with your positions ("comfortable" as in not having any more "I have no idea what I'm doing" moments)? I've been in contracting for 3 months and still feel totally clueless on how to do this job, where to start, and where to even look for answers. Is this really just a learn-as-you-go position? It seems like there should be a significant amount of training, but (aside from DAU, which I am not eligible to take yet) there is none. If so, I'll just keep on trucking but I would really like to educate myself at the least. What are some good resources you all would recommend for a newbie? Thanks in advance for everyone's help!