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Karen

Meet

Karen

Associate Wellness Center Manager
U.S. Navy - Hospital Corpsman
About

What I love about my job at Nestlé Purina is what I loved about what I did in the Navy. No two days are the same! I love challenges and variety. I do have the privilege of taking care of our sick associates and answering medical questions that they have, but I get to spend time teaching them. Sometimes they have questions about something their doctor told them, or they have a problem that they don’t understand, or the doctor is testing for a certain diagnosis that they are concerned about. I can spend more time with them actually answering all of their questions, which you never have time for in a private practice. I can plan educational events like lunch-and-learns. But, I can also be part of our safety team, work with Community Affairs, go out to our other local facilities to give flu shots (I was the first person that I know of in the Navy that used to go from the clinic to my squadron’s hangar to give flu shots and medical screenings) and help plan awesome companywide events, like our Health Fair and our Veteran’s Day celebration.

Advice

Don’t underestimate the value of what you did and learned in the military. While the job titles may be very different, your experiences are something that no civilian that is applying for a job can match. Show off! Brag about the cool stuff you did. You led teams. You worked in multiple, diverse environments. You taught your peers. Sometimes civilian jobs will list requirements for a degree, but please don’t let that prevent you from going for things that may seem out of reach. Call the company and talk to their recruiter. If you’re in college, use the resources for veterans to help you get ahead. Attend job fairs and recruiting events. Participate in veteran’s organizations like Amvets, The Mission Continues, American Legion, etc.  Not only can you get info on job opportunities, you can network and fellowship with people who will understand you better than most. Remember, right now companies are looking to hire veterans. Don’t be shy, be proud of what you have sacrificed for your country, and of all that you’ve accomplished.

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