Government contracting as it exists in 2022 is a field both flushed with more financing than ever before but also, naturally then, steeped in competition between companies, executives and ideas.
In the most recent Executive Mosaic video, five major executives — nearly all CEOs, all Wash100 Award winners — address up-and-coming GovCon aspirants with advice on how to distinguish themselves in this job market and impart takeaways of success from their decades spent working in the industry.
The video highlights the thoughts of Peraton CEO Stu Shea, AT&T Public Sector Vice President of Defense and National Security Jill Singer, QinetiQ U.S. CEO Shawn Purvis, SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene and Constellis CEO Terry Ryan.
Shea offered wisdom based on thoughtfulness and strategy, telling the audience to build its careers with care.
“Be careful of the people you step over in your career, because they might be your boss some day,” Shea noted.
“I think it’s very important to reach out and have a sense of mentorship as you navigate your career,” Keene reported, echoing the thoughts of several executives who stressed the importance of establishing a wide and deep network.
Ryan and Singer both spoke about attuning one’s knowledge base and operational perspectives to technological developments, which can move quickly and mutate at a moment’s notice.
“Go beyond just the empathy part of your government customer, get into their mindset,” Ryan urged, continuing, “And in their mindsets, they’re constantly thinking about policy, they’re constantly thinking about technologies and budgets.”