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Deirdre

Meet

Deirdre

Global Consumer Communications Lead, Symantec
U.S. Army - Specialist, Photojournalist
About

I joined the U.S. Army as a photojournalist straight out of high school, as I wanted to have some life experience before heading to college. In my role, I was able to travel across the world and take part in a variety of missions - from simulated wartime training to humanitarian. While in the Army, I took college classes and then I used the G.I. Bill to complete my college degree when I left active duty. Because I enjoyed being a military photojournalist so much, I joined a public affairs unit in the California National Guard and eventually attended the California Military Academy, where I was commissioned as a military police officer. My military experience taught me the importance of teamwork, how to sanely deal with stress, and gave me the confidence in myself to know I can survive and thrive in whatever situation comes my way.

Advice

One of the things I always loved about the military was how I had opportunities every day to push my limits - both physical and mental. Symantec offers those same opportunities as our mission requires the kind of thinking that is very much in parallel with military operations. The threat landscape is our battlefield, and our researchers and analysts face and address real-time threats 24/7. I enjoy leading the consumer communications team to help educate consumers and bring awareness to our important mission.

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