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NNSA fellows learn the ins and outs of building their future

March 5, 2019

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NGFP Fellows listen intently and take copious notes at the two-day career information session.
NGFP Fellows listen intently and take copious notes at the two-day career information session.
Dr. Dave Rude, NNSA's Chief Learning Officer, introduces the annual NGFP Career Workshop.
Dr. Dave Rude, NNSA's Chief Learning Officer, introduces the annual NGFP Career Workshop.

The NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program recently held a two-day career information session sponsored by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and NNSA’s Office of Learning and Career Management. The annual event prepares fellows in the program for the next steps in their careers.

Dr. Dave Rude, NNSA’s Chief Learning Officer and the program’s manager, led this year’s event, explaining that one of NNSA’s goals is to recruit the best and the brightest.

Colin Sanders of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discusses how building a professional network can increase your chances for a promotion.
Colin Sanders of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discusses how building a professional network can increase your chances for a promotion.

“The senior leadership team strongly believes that people are the greatest enabler for achieving the NNSA mission and protecting our nation,” he said. “NNSA and the entire Nuclear Security Enterprise must secure a talented workforce with diverse backgrounds for today and for the future.”

Dr. Rude presented fellows with the do’s and don’ts of applying for a job and what applicants need to qualify for a position in the federal government. “Do your homework,” he said, reminding fellows to research the organization they are applying for. He also discussed interview techniques and how to stand out from the crowd.

Colin Sanders of PNNL offered advice on how to become a preferred candidate, how to use social media platforms to make connections, and how fellows can better present themselves to potential employers.

Dr. Nina Rosenberg describes life and work at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Dr. Nina Rosenberg describes life and work at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“Follow companies you would like to work for,” he said, stressing the importance of staying on top their latest news.

Lab representatives from around the country discussed the culture and environments not only of the National Labs but their surrounding cities. That will help fellows determine where they want to work and where they want to live.

NNSA staff were also on hand to help fellows improve their interview skills and polish their resumes.

A NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program fellow asks about educational and experience requirements.
A fellow asks about educational and experience requirements.