Posted by: Robin Finegan, Regional Administrator, Region VIII
A few weeks ago, I was honored with an opportunity to spend four days serving as an executive mentor to some of FEMA’s newest employees through FEMA’s Mission Readiness course. It was a great opportunity to work with a small group of men and women who’ve accepted the challenge and committed themselves to helping Americans prepare for and recover from disasters.
The goal of the executive mentor is to help set the tone for new hires, and help them acclimate and excel in their new roles and their FEMA careers.
The course, hosted by the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md., was developed as part of the organization’s Employee Readiness Program, which aims to help acclimate new employees into the FEMA workforce. The course describe opportunities and responsibilities to manage personal career paths, and helps students understand what the emergency management mission means to them both personally and professionally. As FEMA continually recognizes that well-trained employees are our number one asset, this course serves as the first of many training opportunities new workers will receive.
Along with a better understanding of the structure and functions of FEMA, I believe the students take with them an understanding that they have the power to determine the quality of their experience within our organization. And I hope they will remember that our jobs rely heavily on relationships like the ones they formed during last week’s training.
In truth, I may have gained the most from having a week with these energized, new members of the FEMA team. Even if you aren’t a FEMA employee, I encourage you can take advantage of training offered by FEMA – visit fema.gov/training to learn how.