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Military Branch: Army
Highest pay grade: SFC
Military Occupational Skill/ Career Field: 68W
Roles & Responsibilities of last position in the military: Sr. Health Care NCO, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
What was the biggest transition headache?
The biggest struggle in my transition from the military to the civilian sector was being patient during the interview process. In my field, there are multiple rounds of interviews, and you’re at the mercy of people’s very busy schedules. I accepted my offer three months after the first round of interviews.
What skills did you bring with you?
There are so many ways the Army prepared me for my civilian career, aside from the leadership and management skills I learned. The healthcare industry is in a constant state of flux and priorities can change in the blink of an eye. The adaptability and flexibility honed over nearly 21 years of service prepared me for this environment.
What made you decide to join this organization?
joined Baylor Scott & White Health because of their reputation as a faith-based organization with a community of people passionate about serving others. The really great thing about this opportunity is that I was an enlisted soldier but joined the organization as an operations manager. Essentially, I came from a combat medic role into a clinical leadership role. It shows that you can join Baylor Scott & White as a leader!
How did you research your options?
Ft. Hood was piloting a “Hire Our Heroes” (HOH) program with Baylor Scott and White Health when I was going through SFL/TAP. I filled out a survey and a recruiter from the organization called me. We reviewed my resume together and discussed open positions based on my experience and skillset. It was a very smooth process.
What advice would you give other transitioning veterans looking into employment?
Start your career search as soon as possible! Don’t wait to go to SFL/TAP to begin your search. Start building your work wardrobe one outfit at a time. Practice interviewing with your battle buddies, paying extra attention to avoid using military jargon. Ask a non-military civilian to look at your resume. If they don’t understand it, a hiring manager may not either. Plan enough time for the organization to review your application and run the checks needed; this can take months. Go on as many interviews as possible; the practice is invaluable. And don’t sell yourself short. You have experience you can’t get anywhere else!