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January 2013
Message from an NCMA Staff Member

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Happy New Year!

Potential resolution for 2013—find a mentor! This was the 2012 resolution for a friend of mine and it gave her the learning experience and connections she needed to move her career forward. NCMA has the Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP), but because relevant work experience is one of the eligibility requirements, you should consider establishing your own mentorship in the interim. As a mentee, you will certainly learn from your mentor, but you should also leverage this relationship by asking your mentor to introduce you to people in his or her network. The connections you make through this mentorship will help you build your professional network and the knowledge you receive will be an asset to your career. 

Correen Dingle
Marketing Specialist


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Events: Upcoming Networking and Professional Development Opportunities


You are in the early stages of your career, so it is even more important for you to take advantage of all the professional development opportunities available to you. You also want to make yourself known. So please get out and meet, network, and get to know the people that can help guide you. The following are just a few upcoming events. Contact your local chapter and view NCMA’s online calendar for additional events.

February 20: George Mason University Career Fair - Fairfax, VA*

February 21: George Mason University Career Fair - Fairfax, VA*

February 28: GovLoop’s Virtual Career Fair - Online

*NCMA HQ will have a table at this event. Stop by and see us!

National Contract Management Association | 21740 Beaumeade Circle | Suite 125 | Ashburn, Virginia 20147




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