Melissa Merrell started the topic Skills and Knowledge for Federal Budget/Financial Management Professionals in the forum Budgeteers 9 years, 8 months ago
Good Afternoon AABPA members and friends – we are helping NASPAA (the program accreditor for MPA and MPP graduate programs) with a new project. They are working to identify knowledge and skills that graduate programs could teach that will best prepare students who intend to be federal budgeting and finance professionals. As part of that projects, they have asked AABPA members, as practitioners and hiring managers, for our thoughts.
If you have an MPA or MPP, what classes do you think best prepared you for your first job in budgeting/financial management?
If you have an MPA or MPP, what topics or issue areas did you cover in classes that you think best prepared you for your first job in budgeting/financial management?
(Some ideas may be: microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, public finance, organizational theory and behavior, project management, accounting principles, constitutional theory, database management, analysis, modeling, cost-benefit analysis, program evaluation, strategic and operational planning)
If you have an MPA or MPP, do you remember any particular project or assignment that you think really helped prepare you for your first job in budgeting/financial management?
(Some ideas may be: strategic planning, identifying performance measures, option memos for identifying savings or for expanding programs, evaluation of appropriations bills as they move through the legislature, justifying budget requests, identifying sources of data for cost estimates, revenue forecasting, modeling program costs over time, fiscal statement/ratio analysis, Interview/Questioning techniques, critically evaluating sources/quality of data, oral presentation of findings, preparing charts and budget tables)
What do you wish you had learn in your program that you didn’t learn or looking back, what do you think the program could have done better?
Regardless of your degree, from your professional experience in budgeting, what do you think entry level analyst should learn in their master’s program to best help them succeed?
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