Loran Harding joined Accenture from the United States Air Force through our Skills to Succeed partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families Onward to Opportunity (O2O) program. O2O is a career skills program that provides civilian career training, professional certifications and job placement support to transitioning service members, members of the selected reserves, veterans, and military spouses.
Loran is now a IT Customer Service Analyst in San Antonio. He talks about his transition from the military to working at Accenture, his future career aspirations, and he offers some helpful words of advice to those just starting out.
I joined the military because I believe in my country, and I wanted to make my family proud. During my service, I was a Client Systems Technician (CST) and a Military Paralegal—both roles required a much different set of skills. As a paralegal, I was responsible for legal research, including litigation as well as claims, amongst other things. My time as a CST was spent providing computer and network support—many of the same things I do at Accenture. There’s a lot of things I’ve learned in the military, but garnering a good work ethic is probably the biggest thing that I was able to obtain.
While the skills acquired in both military roles provided a strong foundation for my current career at Accenture, the Onward to Opportunity program provided training that helped my transition to civilian work life go much more smoothly. I also took time to prepare myself mentally and financially for the change, so that I didn’t have as much culture shock moving into a corporate function.
Since working at Accenture, I’ve been supported in many ways—both professionally and personally. I joined the Military Employee Resource Group after a few months of working here, and I was recently involved with the Make a Wish Foundation, where I repelled off a 400-story building in support of an event in Houston! I try to get involved with anything that promotes health and fitness, and I have been a part of some of Accenture’s wellness events, which educate and enable folks to get healthy.
One of the things that became immediately apparent to me after I joined Accenture is that the company hires and retains very well-educated and driven people. Accenture has a knack for bringing great folks on board. And there are many ways to connect your passions with your work. I’ve only just started my journey at Accenture, but in five years I see myself as an educator in the technical field of IT and to share my knowledge and passion for wellness, fitness and nutrition.
If I could give advice to someone just starting their career, I would say:
Listen and ask lots of questions. Always be on time, and
be the very best that you can be, regardless of your job.
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