28 U.S. V T RANS MAGAZ N WWW.USVETERANSMAGAZINE.COM
CAREER & EMPLOYMENT
me applying for an internship with the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Phase 2: F !ux
)Kvmz!up!Tfqufncfs;!Dvqt!pg!Dpggff! 362.611* It didn't get any easier. I had depleted half of my savings and was starting a new internship !!!!!! Air Force Research Laboratory, and I still didn't know what I wanted to be when I "grew up." There were victories along the way - I received a full scholarship to U.C. Berkeley's venture capital program and was accepted to AFRL's SPECTRE fellowship. But it all suddenly stopped clicking. I had taken on way more than I could handle until one day, I !!!!!!! paralyzed with anxiety because *!!!!!! wear to a networking event. It was my "come to Jesus" moment. Mental health is important in any transition into civilian life. But I ignored the signs and instead leaned into going out, eating poorly and working myself to exhaustion to try and manage the stress of transition without acknowledging what I was feeling. To jumpstart my process, I signed up for local conferences I was interested in. Then, one evening after the Joint All Domain Command and Control conference, I headed to a local bar to get some work done for SpaceWERX. A group of men from the conference walked in, and I decided to introduce myself. A couple of beers and hours of conversation later, *!!!!! !!!!! intelligence industry with a company called BigBear.ai,
Build your foundation around a life and place you enjoy.
Have thick skin. You don't want people to be nice; you want them to be real with you.
Actively seek out learning opportunities.
Assume risk; take a chance, but mitigate that risk when you can. Try something that you never thought you would do but always wanted to.
Treat networking like it's your full-time job. If you don't have LinkedIn, get it as soon as possible.
Don't bite off more than you can chew. Slow down and pace yourself.
Acknowledge stress, pause and work on it, then move forward.
Surround yourself with !!
Treat every conversation like it's a potential interview, even if it's at a random dive bar.
Keep a close eye on your budget and where you are frivolously spending. &!!!! working for your forward progression, not inhibiting it. which uses AI and machine learning to facilitate data- driven decision support for government leaders.
Phase 3: Networking and Personal Growth
)Tfqufncfs!up!Kbovbsz;!Dvqt!pg! Dpggff!612.2-111,* My number of "coffees" exponentially increased between September and January. I ended up accepting the job offer from BigBear.ai as the Senior Account Executive for Defense Innovation. I turned the offer with BigBear. ai down twice before accepting, !*!!!! my own skill set. After being hired, conversations 501-1,000 were focused on networking for work and personal growth. The !!!!!! in the company. I treated the !!!##!! if my job was to get to know the people in the company and their challenges. My biggest takeaway: Companies need to be steadfast in their support of hiring veterans to give veterans !!!! that their service would be an asset in their careers.Previous Page