Massachusetts, June 2023
“The biggest challenges I faced when leaving the military were translating my worth and value to an organization, which was a mental endeavor just as much as it was a translation of skills; being confident in a civilian environment while learning what felt like a whole new way of life; and navigating stereotypes and judgments in the workplace that came more often than expected.
Through Operation: Job Ready Veterans, I received resume assistance, access to webinars, practice in mock interviews, and tons of emotional support from Deborah Walker. Thanks to the wonderful team at Operation: Job Ready Veterans (specifically Deborah Walker), I have made it to my next chapter (though it was a trial of endurance). I truly feel like she helped me navigate the mental challenges of career changes in combination with the technical aspects. She is brilliant! I loved how Deborah taught me the difference between patience and endurance during this growth period of my life. Maybe she didn’t know she did, but I learned in that moment that, in life, endurance is a skill built by surrounding yourself with the best people. That’s what Job Ready Vets gave to me by connecting me with Deborah.”