I’ve always loved building things.
From my early days as a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist in the U.S. Army to my current role as a Business Analyst at Accenture, my passion for building continues to feed my desire to learn new things and grow—in my career and as a person.
After graduating from high school, I spent a total of two years serving active duty in the U.S. Army, where I got to build things as a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist, a Heavy Construction Equipment Operator and, finally, four years as a Petroleum Fuel Supply Specialist in the Army Reserve, where I continue to serve today. I was interested in 3D modeling with computer-aided design (CAD) software, as it was a way to virtually build products and see them in their real-world applications.
My leap into technology
I’ve now spent more than 10 years building virtual 3D models, assisting in the fabrication of products and watching them come to life. It was a natural leap to move to building virtual technology.
After attending a career fair in Austin, Texas, I was accepted into the Accenture Veterans Technology Training Program, where I received technical training and was offered the opportunity to interview for my current role as a Business Analyst. Now, I work with technical architects and developers every day, focused on software engineering and building applications that help people be more productive in their everyday lives.
The work-life balance and the opportunities at Accenture enable and empower me to drive my career path in a way that also intersects with my personal goals.
Help others; help you
To my fellow service members and military veterans looking to pursue a career in technology, remember that helping others helps you. Entering the field of technology isn’t something that can be spoon-fed. Opportunities don’t normally arise unless you have something to bring to the table. You need the desire to work with technology and a passion to keep learning.
And one more thing to keep in mind: Fun is key to being successful—enjoying what you do, wanting to wake up every morning and go to work. Every day should bring challenges, learning and fun!
Use the qualities and skills you’ve gained through your military service. Accenture is committed to hiring 5,000 U.S. veterans and military spouses by 2020.
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