Branch: U.S. Army Reserve
About: My role is to ensure that all of our business systems are configured correctly, up-to-date on software, and running efficiently on our infrastructure. Having a background in system administration and software development provides me with a great combination of skills for troubleshooting issues, finding a resolution and implementing a fix.
Advice: Network as much as you can with both military personnel and civilians to make connections. Having the experience listed on a resume is sometimes not enough to help prospective employers determine if you are a good candidate.
Career takeaways: 1 year internship at USLI as software developer intern (VB .NET); Military veteran; Java/Spring/C# .NET/ABAP Developer experience; SAP Basis Administration to include some Oracle DB/Linux experience
Rank/Rate: Lieutenant Junior Grade/O2E
Branch: U.S. Navy
About: I am an HR Business Partner, supporting the Enterprise IT group. My solution-focused approach and ability to identify the right tools and methods to develop solutions are skills essential to my success, which I attribute to my experience in the Navy.
Advice: Ask Questions. Civilian career paths are not as prescriptive as military career paths. Do not hesitate to have open dialogue about how to arrive at your desired career destination; it may be closer than you think.
Career takeaways: When I left the military I went directly to graduate school. This was beneficial as it helped me to translate my military skills into language that civilian hiring managers would understand. Additionally, I gained access to a network of seasoned business leaders and mentors.
Branch: U.S. Air Force Reserves
About: As Senior HR Business Partner with MWI Animal Health, I work with the Leadership Team on business strategy and partner with corporate colleagues to deliver business goals and objectives. What I like about my role is the variety, the culture, and knowing that the organization/associates make a difference in other people’s and animal’s lives.
Advice: Be confident the skills and experiences you learned in the military are transferrable in choosing a career that aligns with those skills and what you enjoy.
Career takeaways: The military provides many skills that enhance one’s profile and resume. The training I was afforded was invaluable. The biggest takeaways for me have always been work hard, show respect, go above and beyond, and maintain a positive attitude.
Rank/Rate: Specialist 5
Branch: U.S. Army
About: I help current independent pharmacies with their generic pricing and assist them when brand name drugs go to a generic format. I get to know the customers on a personal level while helping them maintain profitability. The skills I use are salesmanship, negotiation, and overall people skills. I like the great support and work environment here at AmerisourceBergen.
Advice: Be open-minded and flexible to change. The discipline that I had in the military has helped me in my civilian career path to success.
Career takeaways: The military has paid for my associate’s degree in business management. I have since received a bachelor’s degree in business management. I believe that education and discipline are the keys to success in any organization.
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