For Some Senior Feds, A New Passion: Mentoring

October 14, 2012

As a federal employee for more than 30 years, Larry Koskinen has racked up hard-earned lessons to pass along: Worry less about your job title and corner office, and more about the challenges you face and the problems you solve. Do not get so jaded and hemmed in by your experience that you grow fearful of stepping outside your comfort zone. And many others.

Koskinen, 58, an assistant inspector general and chief technology officer for the U.S. Postal Service, is an enthusiastic mentor to younger feds. He says he enjoys not only passing on bits of wisdom he’s gathered over the years, but also the energy and fresh ideas he gets in return from his mentees, such as 28-year-old Alicia Ellis, a new management and program analyst at the Treasury Department.

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