Business Careers @ NSA

Business Careers @ NSA

[music] I’m Kiara. I work in acquisition and business. I’m Courtney, and I’m in business and human resources. I’m Trevor. I’m a budget analyst. I’m Marisa, and I’m a contracting specialist. I’m Pearl, a technical project manager. The importance of finance in NSA, we basically keep the projects going by making sure that there’s funding. So, as a contracting specialist, I write and award the contracts at the agency. We have to be good at what we do, because at the end of the day, our contracts have a direct impact on mission. So the NSA has several development programs. I chose the Business Financial Manager Development Program, which consists of three one-year rotations at different offices throughout the NSA. You know, you learn about acquisition, you learn about budget management, you learn about manpower. So I am currently in the Project Management Development Program. You’re basically a regular employee, and you take your classes while you’re in the development program at work. So I’m, right now, pursuing my MBA at the University of Baltimore, and the agency’s paying for my tuition. The thing that keeps me at the NSA is the work/life balance. We have the opportunity to flex our schedule, where we can come in as early as 5 a.m., come in as late as 10 a.m. Some people live to work. Others work to live. I’m a mix of both. The agency has provided me the ability to buy my first home, right by the water. I like to kayak. It’s one of those things where it provides me a standard of living that’s quite nice. I love the people I work with. You get to meet people from every facet of life, and they’re amazing. So the difference I noticed between the private sector and the public sector is, the private sector, you’re working to maximize shareholder wealth. In the public sector, you’re there to accomplish a mission objective. Often, we don’t get a lot of recognition. We can’t talk about what we do every day, and we’re sometimes criticized in the media. But at the end of the day, when you go home, you know that you’re making the country a safer place. If come for the interesting work and for the pay, you’ll stay for the mission. We make a difference. We’re part of something that’s bigger than ourselves and that’s huge.

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  1. The well-being of our country depends on the passion and dedication of public servants like you. #PSRW

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