The Mentor and the Jackass….

I showed up for orientation, took the “Oath” and was assigned to my first position as a GS-01 Clerk Typist making $4.20 per hour (no more than 4 hours per day and 20 hours per week). This was non-negotiable. I learned so much in this first assignment. I learned about things called “Suspenses” and “Acronyms”. […]

My HR family…

Oh what a joy it was. I worked with the most fabulous people. The Human Resource people are the people that help you get hired in the government (definitely friends to have). In June, 1987 I graduated high school, turned 18 and moved in with my boyfriend–all within one week. I soon realized this boyfriend […]

This is how the journey began

I was a junior in high school and had no idea what path I wanted to pursue in life. A race car driver, train engineer, teacher, accountant, lawyer were careers that were of interest to me at the time. My classmates were chatting about a school program where you only had to go to class […]

The Pivotal Moment…

One day a random question changed the course of my life. It was nearing the end of summer and a awesome colleague with a few more years of government service than I asked, “what are you going to do after your summer hire term ends”? Again, I had no idea. At that moment, she influenced […]