Sodexo is a global company with a broad range of opportunities. You'll find that the skills and experience you gained in service will translate into many areas of our business. Similarities in culture, including team building, diversity, and a global organization working towards one goal, will ease your transition from a military to a civilian career.
Sodexo has long supported its more than 3,000 veterans, guard members and reservists. And with more than 8,000 US locations, Sodexo can even provide transfer opportunities for spouses when a service member is deployed or relocated across the US.
As a part of the Joining Forces initiative, Sodexo pledged to maintain its leadership position as a top employer for veterans, military service members and spouses. Sodexo has dedicated resources to maximize hiring efforts for veterans, provide tools for veteran employees to engage in networking and mentoring once on board, and offer job transfer and flexible work options beneficial to military family members.
HONOR, an employee business resource group, also helps facilitate career planning and retraining of veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard, and their families. HONOR accomplishes this by offering development opportunities, providing a forum to recognize and celebrate contributions made to our country, and establishing partnerships with community groups that support veterans, active duty, National Guard and military reserve.
I served with the Coast Guard for two years and four years reserve. From there I went on and bought a business but since I loved to cook, I started doing little catering gigs on the side. When I decided to change careers, I went back to the Culinary Institute of American where I met my wife. My career moved along and ended up with Corporate Foods who became Marriott who now became Sodexo.
Working for Sodexo has impacted my life and allowed me to settle down with my family. I was able to bring up my daughter, who now has a Master's Degree, while enjoying a comfortable life. Working for the colleges has been good since it's like a partnership between Sodexo and the College. They both give me the tools to be successful at my job and I get to be a little more creative, rather just following a straight line!.
I have a lot of flexibility on the job. I just started a new station called Sakura in response to our Asian students who wanted more home cooking. Through a little bit of research and meeting with the students and client, we came up with the idea. We now have rice cookers in key areas, for lunch and dinner, which is something they really wanted. We also have a different soup and entrée every day. We even have chopsticks on the station if they prefer to eat that way. The student population has been very happy with the idea and implementation.
The military training prepared me to be a better manager. I went through The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) in college, and it took me to Enlisted Basic. I served as a Sergeant in the Reserves and then I took my commission after graduation. The basic concepts of leadership I learned in the military were a great foundation, as they teach you how to think critically and make decisions in a time-sensitive crisis. In the military, they teach you how not only to lead, but also how to follow, as you can't lead without learning how to follow first. I think these are the most important experiences in the military.
I joined Sodexo because the company offers great opportunities to expand and grow and is really diverse. You can get into Facilities Management, Healthcare, Food Services and more. I came from a healthcare environment but have since expanded into Facilities Management and forward to more opportunities ahead.
I'm currently working on my doctorate in Human Organization Psychology. Sodexo knew that I had already had two years of coursework prior to taking this position. After I joined the company, I've had 100% support from the management to continue my studies. I reached out to the VP of Human Resources, and she has connected me with the Training and Development department to give me the additional exposure I need.