This job is heavy into traveling to different sites designing networks. A typical day would be traveling to the site seeing what is in place, and then designing the upgrades to their network.
Yes, there where several challenges. I would say the biggest one for me was how different the pay system work. In the military you would get paid on the 1st and 15th of every month. In the private sector its every two weeks regardless of what day that falls on. You really have to be mindful of your budget and plan accordingly. Also, working with timesheets and remembering to put my time in.
It was very daunting at first. I haven’t written a serious resume in 20 years! Also, I got out at the height of the pandemic so all my interviews where over the phone. I remember I bought a nice suit that I didn’t even use. However, after a couple of interviews and help from military resources I got into the groove of it and started to become less intimidating.
I think I was lucky as my job in the military directly translates well into the private sector. The skills I gained in the military has help me fit right in with my co-workers as many of them are also prior service members. I think the biggest asset that my military experience has help me is in being flexible and rolling with the punches.
The biggest advice I can give a transitioning service member is don’t wait to the last minute to prepare to get out. Be able to translate your military experience into civilian jargon. For example, instead of saying NCO, say mid-level manager. Lastly, pick a job you really want to do and pick a place you really want to live. After being told what to do and where to go during you military career the choice is now yours. Make sure you take the time and find out where your going to my the most happy.
Working for TA3 has been great. I feel like they had my best interest in mind. I just wasn’t another recruiter quota. Drew and Aspen were with me every step of the way. They explain everything to me in very simple terms and were always available to answer and questions I had. I feel like they really look out for the transitioning veterans and make sure we have to best start possible to our next phase of life of being a civilian.