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Military Branch: US Army
Highest pay grade: Specialist (E4)
Military Occupational Skill/ Career Field: Special Electronics Repairer 39E
Roles & Responsibilities of last position in the military: Perform maintenance and repair on special electronic devices
What was the biggest transition headache?
The urgency in civilian life is not the same urgency in military life, so it is hard to regain perspective on the daily requirements of your career if you try to compare it with where you have been.
What skills did you bring with you?
One of the more valuable skills I attained was the ability to think strategically, whereby I can evaluate circumstances arising outside of the status quo and determine the best course to take to be successful. Another invaluable skill is the ability to stay focused, regardless of the environment in which I am placed.
What made you decide to join this organization?
I looked for a local company that would provide opportunities to develop a career, allowing me personal and professional growth.
How did you research your options?
I utilized several job search engines and networking avenues but determined the best route for me was to become a contracted worker prior to accepting full-time employment. Working at Nutrien as a contractor allowed me to understand their culture, expectations and best positions for my skill set. It also gave Nutrien the opportunity to see my skills and abilities, which then resulted in them offering me a full-time position.
What advice would you give other transitioning veterans looking into employment?
Use the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) when converting out of military life. This group provides resume review, career advice and educational opportunities.