Easing the Pain

You don’t have to be a doctor to find a fantastic future in health care. Employers need experts in IT, security, logistics and more.

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June 23, 2016

Easing the Pain

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Is there any other civilian work that depends more on quick action and teamwork? That affects more people? That’s growing as fast?

There is nothing like health care as a place to land a great job or a lifelong career after the service. It’s one field that uses a multitude of services – IT, facilities, finance, security and, of course, all levels of health care training and experience.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the health care field will add 2.3 million jobs by 2024 – that’s 19 percent growth, “more jobs than any other group of occupations.” That’s thanks largely to the aging baby boomers and the millions who gained health insurance in recent years.

Health care leaders such as Samaritan Health Services, Cleveland Clinic, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Aetna and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey agree that veterans really ought to seek them out when looking to transition to their future. “We greatly value the work ethic, discipline and commitment to teamwork that veterans bring,” says Samaritan’s Marisa Blair, a senior employment specialist in recruiting. “Samaritan recognizes that veterans may face challenges while transitioning back into a civilian workplace. To help with this, we provide training and support during that transition.”

Brian Madigan, a manager in Horizon’s talent acquisition team, sees veterans’ cyber defense skills fitting the company’s IT security projects, and veterans’ ability to think intuitively matching their investigator positions.

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“Veterans have shown an ability to work well under pressure,” says Cleveland Clinic’s Jay Sheppard, program manager of Hero Experience – Talent Acquisition. “They handle stress well, and are good at problem-solving.” Health care positions, he says, “require discipline, strong work ethic and a desire to help and serve others. These are all characteristics that veterans have displayed.”

Avery King, military veteran/military spouse talent acquisition lead for HCA, says “veterans have a servant attitude that fits well with HCA’s core values.”

Serving – there’s no one in America who knows more about that than the service veteran.

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VP and CEO, Accountable Care Solutions, Aetna

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What do you do? As CEO of Aetna’s Accountable Care Solutions organization, I am responsible for the development, growth and performance of Aetna’s value-based care and contracting models, including Aetna’s Whole Health (ACO) product portfolio.

Biggest transition headache? Learning to budget for expenses no longer covered or subsidized by the military (housing, food, etc.).

What surprised you about the civilian workforce? The daunting task of “dressing for success” on a daily basis.

 

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Any funny incidents during your first days on the job? It took me forever to pick out what to wear to work the first few weeks – I still miss the luxury of a uniform!

What’s the coolest thing about your job? Working in health care markets across the country, and understanding regional and local health care delivery systems.

What’s the biggest challenge? Keeping up with a family of five (two parents, three kids) with the extensive travel.

Best advice for transitioning service members? Talk to anyone and everyone to understand “life on the
other side.”

 

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Age: 43
Military Service:
Captain (O-3), Army (1995-2000)
MOS: Aviation and Finance
Education:
– Bachelor’s degree, economics,
U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 1995
– MBA, health industry management, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, 2003

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IS Applications Systems Manager, Samaritan Health Services (SHS)

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Age: 35
Military Service: Specialist (E-4), Army (2001-2006)
MOS: Signals Intelligence Analyst (98C)

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What do you do? I provide guidance and direction for a group of 11 information services professionals, overseeing operations support and development, the department training program, and the corporate technology asset procurement process.

What worked best in your job search? It is extremely important to translate military experience and skills into civilian terms. Many employment offices have personnel that aid in doing exactly this.

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What didn’t work? It is not safe to assume that corporate HR will understand your value. When interviewing, use general terms when you cover your time in the service. The best approach, in my opinion, is to describe specific examples from your experience and explain how it applies in a civilian context.

Best advice for transitioning service members? The job search can take some time. Don’t become discouraged! During this time, look for opportunities at local schools and organizations to improve your résumé writing and interviewing skills. Workshops and classes can help you feel more comfortable as you apply for jobs and interview, and also aid in understanding how the civilian workforce engages potential candidates.

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Director Facilities Compliance, Cleveland Clinic

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What do you do? I oversee a team of 30 responsible for ensuring compliance for fire alarm/suppression, medical gas systems, emergency generators and utility systems among 190 buildings in three states and three countries.

What worked best in your job search? Networking; leveraging people that I have worked with in the past to direct me toward new job opportunities.

What military skills do you apply to your civilian job? A buzz word in management is “servant leadership,” which is really what the Navy taught me: take care of your people, lead from the front, and always do what is right.

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What’s the coolest thing about your job? The coolest part of my job is being able to make a difference in people’s lives. The Cleveland Clinic deals with the sickest of the sick, and the doctors and nurses are the best in the world. Being a part of this team is humbling.

What’s the biggest challenge? Keeping a work-life balance. When you leave the military you think that the new job will be 9-5 with weekends off. In reality, civilian jobs can be just as demanding and time-consuming as the military.

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Age: 35
Military Service:
Lieutenant Commander (O-4), Navy
(1999-2010) Navy Reserve (2010-Present)
Designator: Civil Engineer Corps (5105)

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EMT/Emergency Room Tech, HCA/Fawcett Memorial Hospital

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Age: 34
Military Service:
Sergeant (E-5), Army (2007-2015)
MOS: Health Care Specialist (68W)

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What do you do? Provide patient transport, ensure patient comfort/safety, enter patients into our system, start IVs, draw blood, perform EKGs and help facilitate the flow of the ER.

How did you get your job? I attended a job fair on post and made contact with the military recruiter for HCA, who facilitated contact with the chief nursing officer and director of the emergency department.

How long before separation did you begin your job search? I began my Soldier for Life: TAP process about 12 months out from separation and began submitting applications and looking for careers about six months out from separation.

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What’s the coolest thing about your job? The ability to be among the first line of personnel in helping someone who is ill or injured regardless of how minor or severe.

What’s the biggest challenge? To not allow emotion to take over in certain instances, and at all times to keep a cool, calm, collected head.

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Administrative Assistant II, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

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What do you do? I provide administrative support to a team of IT directors and subordinate personnel. I prepare presentations, manage purchase orders, arrange business travel and organize training and education events for the company.

Why did you pick this job? Because it is in the path of my field of study in school and I appreciate their Military Friendly attitude.

What military skills do you apply to your civilian job? In the military, you are mission-driven, ambitious, organized and a team player. These skills are a perfect complement to the work I am asked to do in my civilian job.

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What’s the coolest thing about your job? Health care is an incredibly dynamic industry, and Horizon is working with doctors and hospitals on some cutting-edge reforms that are designed to reduce costs and improve care quality. IT is a huge component, so I feel like I am in the middle of some breakthrough changes in the industry.

What’s the biggest challenge? The military was like a security blanket, and once I got out I was a bit concerned that I would never find that again. But I have been fortunate to have a good job that appreciates military.

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Age: 31
Military Service:
Specialist (E-4), Army (2004-2007)
MOS: Supply Specialist (92Y)

 

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