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Program Manager II
U.S. Marine Corps - Sergeant, Field Radio Operator, Platoon Sergeant

I arrived at boot camp two days after high school graduation and immediately began a transformation that would instill in me the core values of honor, courage, and commitment. I spent some of my service time training in the reserves while simultaneously enrolled full-time at Bentley University, and other times I was called to active duty and mobilized overseas. Knowing that I would need to get a job in the “real world” after my service time was complete, I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and continued training to acquire technical skills that would help me transition into a successful civilian career. The training and leadership experience gained from the Marines has been instrumental in my career progression. Nothing in the civilian workforce seems quite as daunting after enduring six years of arguably the most challenging job description of all.


I would advise any veteran seeking employment to not be shy or apprehensive about drawing from their experience in the military, both during the interview process as well as continued networking and career development opportunities. You sacrificed so much and were put in very physically and emotionally challenging situations, and drawing on these experiences will give you confidence in your ability to handle anything that is thrown your way.

Surround yourself with successful people – These people will be uplifting and set a standard of excellence that you will naturally follow. We become like those we associate with, so keep that in mind during your continued networking activities.

Proactively seek out development and training opportunities – I suggest not waiting for opportunities to be offered to you. The broader your range of knowledge in key areas of your business and industry, the clearer your view of the big picture will be. If you are offered a job or project that you are not sure you have the skills or knowledge to do, accept the challenge and then go learn how to do it. This is how we grow.

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