Early Careerist Initiative coming to an ASMC Chapter near you! The Early Careerist Initiative provides opportunities for early careerists to grow their financial management skills, network, and participate in community service events.

Author:Brown, Kyle

The ASMC Early Careerist initiative has been running strong for just over two years! To date we have organized participation from 10 Chapters around the world, ranging from Charlestowne and Indianapolis all the way to Rheinland-Pflalz in Germany, with more Chapters joining every quarter. I have also heard many stories of grassroots early careerist movements from smaller Chapters.

The Early Careerist initiative was loud and proud at the ASMC National Professional Development Institute (PDI) held in June in beautiful San Diego, CA. The Early Careerist initiative hosted a booth to greet attendees as they entered the main auditorium and exhibitor's hall. Over the course of the conference, I had the opportunity to present the mission and benefits of the Early Careerist initiative to over 500 attendees from around the world, including members of components of DoD, the US Coast Guard, corporate members, and others. In addition to the Early Careerist booth, we hosted an Early Careerist round table discussion over breakfast on the second day of the PDI. Financial managers shared their interest in starting an Early Careerist initiative locally, and discussed event ideas to appeal to early careerists, including increased use of social media such as Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook.

Two Chapters in particular, Pikes Peak and Land of Lincoln, have stood out in their efforts to recruit and bring value to early careerists. Kellye Breeden from the Land of Lincoln Chapter organized and led a well-attended mentoring lunch for early careerists. Senior financial managers were able to connect with early careerists to share their experiences and also tips for a successful financial management career in the DoD. The Pikes Peak Early Careerist initiative led by Senior Airman Danika Miller (featured in Early Careerist Chapter Highlight) and Kelvin Smith, recently hosted an Early Careerist kickoff social attended by 24 financial managers and six new ASMC members. The kickoff social discussed the objective of the Early Careerist initiative, which is to engage early careerists in professional development opportunities including mentoring/networking, professional development, and community service. The meeting also included team building exercises, and sought volunteers for upcoming professional development and community service events...

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