dcsimg

Career Story: Scheduler For Government Contracts

Scheduler For Government Contracts

Job Title: Scheduler

Type of Company: I work in government acquisitions.

Education: MA, Ancient and Classical History, American University

Previous Experience: I worked as a software developer.

Job Tasks: We let contracts to vendors. The contracts are bid on and one, sometimes two of the bidders are chosen to carry them out. For every contract we let, there are timelines and benchmarks to be met along the way. My job is to monitor the contractors' progress and make sure that their work gets completed on time and, hopefully, under budget. In order to do this, I have to coordinate my activities with those of other agencies, and once a project's been approved, I have to work rapidly to come up with a timeline and with a reasonable date of completion.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The worst part of the job is having to deal with companies that are frequently dishonest. Their schedules are often padded to make it look as if their work is on time, even when it's not. A contract's design process can take months or years, projects themselves many more and it is hard to manage a project when its projected duration spans a single human lifetime. Other projects, though not so long, are so complex that it takes months to break them down into pieces or components you can schedule.

The best part of the job is having the opportunity to work with different agencies, discussing ways a project can be completed.

Job Tips: The actual job is just fine, it's promising to meet unmeetable deadlines that'll kill you. And unless you're a stickler for detail, this is not the occupation you should choose. A single scheduling slip-up can cost you a great deal of money. As with any job, complete college first. And if time and money permit it, get your masters degree BEFORE you take a job.

Additional Thoughts: The thing you'll need most is the ability to converse in a thoughtful way to the myriad of people who get involved in these projects. Speak softly, even when you disagree, and never lose your patience under pressure.

Popular Schools offering Acquisitions Procurement Management Programs

 
Results:  10
Matching School Ads

Do you have entrepreneurial visions to advance your career in the business world? Learn about the options available at GCU.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Earn a respected bachelor's degree, master's degree, or Ph.D. online at Walden University.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online
Selected Programs:
  • M.B.A. in Risk Management

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Technology changes everything®

You’ve found Ashford University, where school comes to you

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online
Selected Programs:
  • BA/Service Management

The University of Scranton has grounded its education in Catholic and Jesuit principles based on intellectual growth and integrity, all of which shape the online master’s and certificate programs. You can choose one of five degree programs from a selective institution ranked among the top 10 master’s universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Founded in 1887, Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students. Benedictine is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins University, a top tier research university with campus locations in Maryland and Washington, DC, and online.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution located in upstate central New York.  The College offers regionally accredited online certificates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in healthcare, cybersecurity, financial crime, nursing, physical therapy, business, criminal justice, and data science.  All courses are taught by credentialed, highly experienced faculty with significant and ongoing accomplishments in their respective fields.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Purdue University offers a strong foundation of tradition and history, an environment of intellectual curiosity and discovery, and a supportive, student-centered approach to learning.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Additional Career Stories for Purchasing Managers, Buyers, And Purchasing Agents

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

Back to Top