As one of the true leaders in our nation’s defense or as I like to call it, the “Apple” of our Nation’s defense, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is an organization that has shown the ability to be a starting and finishing point in terms of career progression with the federal government. DISA has an astounding resume and has been providing services to our warfighters for over 50 years. Many people are aware that our country is continuously under threat from other nations who are against the American democracy and what we stand for. DISA has been one of the leaders in ensuring that we are provided safe avenues for the exchange of information between our fellow countrymen and allies. All facets of war are dependent upon communication and DISA is very aware and has been mandated to be the driving force of our communication efforts. The overall DISA mission is to provide command and control capabilities and enterprise infrastructure in support national leaders, our military and coalition partners throughout the world. To put it into perspective, when the President speaks, DISA is involved. With that being said, I feel as though it is key that I provide information for those interested in a career with such a prestigious organization.
Right now there are several individuals who are in college or may be making the transition from attaining their degree. Speaking from experience, I know that there can be several different nuance involved in the search for a job or where one would choose to start their careers and for some the process can be a bit overwhelming. DISA has a number of different programs in place that may be of interest to those looking to make a difference in public service. At times the federal government may get a bad rap from individuals in the private sector, media, or those actually employed by the government. All of that aside, there are many federal employees who have our best interest in mind and proof of that is seen through the fact that we can sleep well at night and not have to worry about war on the footsteps of our homes. As technology advances so does the need for more young, creative minds to help carry and improve the processes that are in place. DISA is currently in the process of introducing what is being called the Pathways Program in the fall of 2012. There will be a total of three initiatives that are associated with the Pathways Program and they are the Internship Program, Recent Graduates Program, and the Presidential Management Program. Each program has its own unique requirements. The Internship Program will have a focus on those currently enrolled in school and seeking an opportunity to get a head start of the experiences of a real world career. The Recent Graduates Program is self-explanatory in the sense that it will focus on those who have recently received their degrees and provide them with an opportunity to put their newly learned skills to the test. Finally, the Presidential Management Program will place a focus on leadership and development of individuals with advance degrees determined by the United States Office of Personnel Management.
DISA is currently scheduled to conduct job fair-like recruiting events at several universities located across the National Capitol Region (NCR). Though the NCR is the main area of focus at the current moment for the recruiting events, don’t be hesitant to search for opportunities for you to apply online from your location. As previously mentioned DISA is a global organization and has different offices throughout more 4,300 locations. Just as with companies such as Apple and Google, DISA is only as good as their leaders and supporting cast. The Pathways Program will prove to be a critical addition that will allow for our current generation to reshape the future of how we maintain our defense. Don’t be on the outside looking in a what is truly a remarkable way to start the accent to true livelihood. It no doubt takes a special interest for those who choose to come in and really apply all of their efforts to improvement and good work ethic will not go unnoticed. There are several different resources available online to help familiarize you with what the military and federal civilian life is like. In the meantime, stay tuned and check back for more info.
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