Bricks, Mortar, Steel And Service: Here Are CRE’s Veterans, Part 2
Bisnow Team | November 9, 2018
City: Newport Beach, California
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Years Served: Army National Guard, Active Duty: 2008-2016
Final Rank: Captain
How has your military service shaped your life and career?
My experience truly defines who I am as a professional and as a human being.
For me being in the military, a lot of people talk about leadership, I think that’s a given but I would say when I break it down the military showed me how to deal with adversity. How to deal with changes and obstacles and as you are dealing with obstacles how you treat other people. The military is truly a team sport. There is hardly ever a time in a mission where you are by yourself.
It’s not about you. It’s about the team. It’s about what’s best for the mission.
In terms of professional development, it taught me how to have goals, set goals and how to develop my own career.
Do you have any advice for people transitioning from military to civilian life?
Be open to new experiences. Being a military personnel is good for any industry, any job. We have great work ethic and are team players and that is important anywhere you are working. If you are trainable, you can fit any career and any jobs.
One thing I do want to mention for those transitioning is to work on your story. Everyone has a different story. Everyone is unique. It’s important when you are transitioning to civilian life to communicate your background, experiences and how companies can relate with you to filling a certain role.
Don’t expect them to know your military background. You have to work on your story and bridge that gap to a hiring manager or a CEO who may not relate to your background or experiences. You may not get the job but you will get their respect.
Also, take advantage of veterans programs out there. And feel free to reach out to other veterans to help guide, mentor and give you advice. Every one of us has gone through this transition before. Keep a close network of veterans because a lot of us go through the same issues and challenges in the workforce.
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