This week I got a chance to catch up with OIT Deputy Director of Enterprise Applications (EA) Jeannett Davis about our first "Opportunity Fair" coming up to get state tech employees introduced to new skills, opportunities and projects.
I am thrilled to support this initiative because I think Jeannett and her team are really on to something with how we as a govtech community prepare for the future (in addition to providing people new skills and opportunities they want to work on, which is just the right thing to do!).
We're starting modest. The kickoff is planned for Aug. 31, and it will be the first of its kind for our employees. At the event a number of project teams working on new technologies and training programs will be represented in a booth-style format. Staff will be able to peruse and learn more about these projects and teams. Because the effort is so heavily backed by senior leadership, work is already underway with our human resources department to grease and encourage job-sharing/shadowing efforts and speed the process for employees to gain access to these new training opportunities.
It will be interesting to see how the program matures into the phase of actually moving people from one team to another - especially around coverage management challenges. The EA team is confident that they can start small and begin this process of getting people into positions they love and armed with the skills they need to future-proof themselves in their career trajectories at OIT.