Jobs at Military Sealift Command: Marisha Edwards

The following blog post was written by MSC’s dedicated human resources staff, and is part of a series focused on ashore jobs at MSC – recruiting and retaining our talented workforce. This post highlights the talents of our interns. Stay tuned for more and be sure to share your feedback and ideas in the comments section.

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Marisha Edwards is a financial management analyst and is a member of the Financial Management Trainee Program (FMTP). Before being hired into this program, Edwards served in the U.S. Army as a Financial Management Technician. The FMTP is a 28-month professional development program that provides qualified college graduates exposure to a variety of financial careers through hands-on training and rotational assignments.

The FMTP structure and rotational assignments has afforded Marisha a substantial amount of knowledge and opportunities that has assisted her development in becoming a more effective analyst. Internal rotations in contracting, budgeting and accounting sections, logistics, and class manager offices have shown how her responsibilities directly affect civil service mariners and ships. External rotation assignments to the Naval Audit Service, Human Resources Department, Fleet Forces Command and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service help broaden an understanding of how her job impacts MSC’s mission.

Edwards’ advice to others interested in joining MSC in the FMTP is to pay attention to the academic portion of the program that must be completed within the first eight to 12 months. It is imperative to understand, comprehend and retain the course information, which directly translates to job skills needed to perform daily assignments. “Those training courses really do help you understand the basic terminology and financial concepts that are essential for success in the government financial world.”

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