“I recommend involvement in the trainee or core development program as a start so they could gain insight at every level within the residency as a firm foundation. Then, move up through the ranks of VDOT to further their knowledge base.”
When asked what one should do to be successful at VDOT as a new hire:
"Ask lots of questions! Take the time to introduce yourself to people to learn what they do and how they fit within the organization. One thing that I have learned since being hired is how complex the organization is. Before my employment, when I thought of VDOT, I just thought of the roads. I didn’t consider all the other components of transportation (i.e. tunnels, bridges, boats, etc.)"
Advice that you would give to a new hire that wants to follow in your steps for your particular position?
“Focus on learning, building and maintaining relationships with people within all different parts of the VDOT organization. Operations touches so many facets of VDOT, so not only knowing the agency organizational structure and business processes, but also making personal connections with people that work in those other areas is critical to being able to make things happen.”
Valerie Wilson Talley
“Have a passion for what you do; don’t be afraid to move around to learn more than one job. Show yourself worthy of Leadership; Lead the way you want to follow; Enable others to Lead; and encourage the heart. Leadership is about inspiration – of oneself and of others. It is not a formula, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others.”
Anne K. C. Booker
“As both a traffic engineer and an Operations employee, I have unique opportunities to work with many of the sections within VDOT as we plan and design safety and capacity improvements, operate our systems to keep Virginia moving, assist maintenance staff with work zone expertise to safely care for our infrastructure, and support the business elements as we steward our limited resources.”
“Always be on time, come prepared and don’t be afraid to ask questions because that’s the easiest way to learn new information and create relationships. One thing I’ve learned is that no matter what district or department you work in, constant teamwork and communication are essential to the success of VDOT as a whole.”
“The one thing I have learned since starting at VDOT is there is always something new to learn and the agency has many programs to facilitate learning other departments and skills to strengthen your natural abilities that will aid in a long and prosperous career at VDOT. Knowledge is invaluable!”
The Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) 7000-plus employees builds, maintains and operates the country’s third-largest highway system. We serve more than eight million residents!