Frequently Asked Questions For The Careers In Motion Program

1. Why is Commerce doing this program?
The Department of Commerce (DOC) is committed to providing employees with career training. This training will benefit the DOC by encouraging employees to seek opportunities within the DOC and the federal government. Employees are the Department's greatest asset and the Careers In Motion program seeks to develop the skills necessary for their success.

2. I work at PTO can I participate in the program?
No, PTO Employees are excluded from this training.

3. Are the program and individual sessions offered at other bureaus?
Yes! Program courses and individual sessions will be scheduled downtown in the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB) and at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Building in Silver Spring, MD and in some external locations. Please check the DOC Downtown Course Dates DOC Course Dates link for the class times and locations.

4. How do I get started in the Careers in Motion Program?
There are two ways for you to become involved the Careers in Motion Program. If you would like to register for an upcoming course, please begin your enrollment process here. If you would like to register for the Career Alignment Profile online assessment or an Individual Career Counseling Session, please email Stefanie at

5. I work remotely. Can I still participate in the Careers in Motion Program?
Yes! The equivalent courses can be taken via the CLC. Please begin your registration and enrollment process here. You may also register for the Career Alignment Profile online assessment or a remote Individual Career Counseling Session to be conducted via phone. Please email Stefanie at for more information.

6. Is this part of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
No, this program is not part of the EAP program.

7. Is the program only for people who want another Commerce job?
No, the program is designed to provide comprehensive tools and resources to enhance an employee's ability to successfully plan, develop, and achieve their specific career goals and objectives.

8. Is the program only for people under a Reduction In Force (RIF)?
No, the program is offered to all Department of Commerce employees, GS-02 through GS-15 (or equivalent) level.

9. Does the program cost me anything?
No, the Office of Human Resources Management is funding the program. However, we require that if you sign up to attend an activity you cannot attend, you cancel in a timely fashion. Not doing so may result in a charge to your bureau.

10. Does my supervisor have to know that I am participating in the program?
Employees are encouraged to work with their supervisors to mitigate any scheduling issues. Also, in case of an emergency, your supervisor needs to know how to locate you.

11. Will what I discuss with the Certified Career Planner be told to my supervisor?
No, your discussion is confidential.

12. Will the Certified Career Planner do a resume for me if I give them my information?
Employees are required to attend their sessions with a completed resume. However, your session time can involve reviewing and updating your resume.

13. Will the Certified Career Planner find me a new job?
This training will benefit the DOC by encouraging employees to seek opportunities within the DOC and the federal government.

14. How many times can I meet with the Certified Career Planner?
The program is designed for participants to schedule a follow up session, if you feel that you would benefit from it.

15. Are the consultants Commerce employees or contractors?
The consultants are contractors.

16. If I am a part of the program and meet with the consultant, will it help me get a promotion?
Your participation in this program will not guarantee you a promotion.

If you have any questions not addressed here, please contact Stefanie at 713-623-8780 or or Gregory McHugh at 202-482-1750 or