HELP US REIMAGINE MONEY
At PayPal, we believe that now is the time to democratize financial services so that moving and managing money is a right for all citizens, not just the affluent. We are driven by this purpose, and we uphold our cultural values of collaboration, innovation, wellness and inclusion as our guide for making decisions and conducting business every day. It is our duty and privilege to be customer champions and put those we serve at the center of everything we do.
SERVE - PayPal's Military Veterans Network
PayPal employees who have served in the military, along with employees who support veterans' causes, can be a part of the PayPal military veterans network (SERVE). Through this thoughtful veterans' outreach and development program, veterans contribute to making PayPal a more diverse and inclusive company by leveraging their unique experiences and training to assist their teammates and PayPal.
SERVE chapters are active at many of our locations throughout the United States and are inclusive of our employees who are British veterans working in our London, UK office. The SERVE network provides a place for veteran employees and allies to come together regularly, and offers professional and personal development opportunities, mentorship, and community outreach opportunities. This network embraces diversity in the workplace with a specific focus on advancing veteran's causes, along with a vision to nurture an environment of integrity, excellence, respect, teamwork, and leadership consistent with PayPal business and diversity initiatives.
WE'RE ONE TEAM
We are one team that respects and values diversity of thought for everyone, everywhere, and we actively seek to create an energizing workplace that brings out the best in all of us. If you're ready to shape the future of money, join the team at PayPal. We're proud to work here. You will be too.
My job is similar to the analyst positions you might find at Intelligence shops in the military. My team prefers well-rounded talent, so I develop requirements for projects, model new aggregate data tables, help refine the presentation of data in interactive dashboards, and audit our existing tables and dashboards for accuracy. My military experience is leveraged uniquely to act as a subject-matter expert for certain collections of data, act as a resource for understanding the use and impact of that data, and to help articulate and refine the flow of our processes.
Be sensitive to shared similarities between your military experience and civilian opportunities, and go to school to deepen or round out your skill set to bridge the gap. When you go to school, seek internship opportunities right away; they are often the easiest way to enter an industry that interests you. Even a bad experience can help you refine your new career roadmap.
PayPal is an incredibly fast moving company where things change, grow, and evolve constantly.The ability that I gained in the military to quickly and effectively adapt to changing situations has allowed me to stay ahead of that change regardless of the role I am in.Additionally, the ability to mentor others gained through experience as an NCO has helped me to build excellent and successful teams.
The military instills individuals with a variety of skills that are indispensable in the private sector. Formalized leadership education, stress management, adaptability, and teamwork all have a place regardless of the industry. Foster and develop those skills in addition to your technical proficiencies.Educate yourself on the culture and jargon of the private sector so you can better explain your military skills and experience in a way that is easily understood and relatable.
The structure and worth ethic I gained while in the military greatly helped in my transitioning into civilian life at PayPal. Throughout my career at PayPal, I have used the drive, which the military equipped me with, to push through all obstacles within my position. I strive to be better and work harder because that's what I learned through my years in the military. I began my career at PayPal, coming straight from the military into an entry-level position in Fraud Operations; through hard work, I have moved through the ranks to my current position as a Compliance Analyst.
No matter whether you are about to complete a 4-year tour or are a 20-year retiring vet, you will need a plan to transition into the private sector. Start looking into jobs that may fit your expertise at least a year out, and document the knowledge you may lack that you can pick up in a class or two. The job market is hard and there are many qualified applicants, so start applying for positions prior to your last day in the military. Once you are in the door, using your military mentality to do your best, along with teamwork and focus, will align you to be able to move quickly through the ranks.