Transitioning to civilian life was tough at first; stocking up on professional work attire (no more uniforms!), navigating the various and abundant benefits options, and learning how to effectively communicate my experiences in non-military speak all took time. Luckily the military taught me self-reliance as well as teamwork which helped me in researching the issues that I had and knowing there is always an organization available to assist when needed, all propelling me to where I am today.
Intel has been especially accommodating to me as a veteran by having such a large veteran workforce. I directly work with many veterans in both peer and in management. On my first day, my skip level manager set me up with Intel’s veteran recruiter whom met with me promptly and gave me some tips, answered all of my questions, and gave me some veteran swag too. It’s great how many people I bump into in the hall wearing the veteran lanyard, it’s a great way to network and get your name out there. Everyone has been so kind so far and it’s encouraging me to take the leadership skills I learned in the Air Force and apply them in my current role.