In our Veterans on a Mission series, we’ll highlight veterans who have put their service-learned skills to work – and have helped us become one of G.I. Jobs’ Top Military Friendly Employers.
Jed Deocampo wasn’t sure what to expect after hanging up his uniform in 2015. Now in his second rotation of our Technology Development Program, he’s found a supportive environment where he can create new goals and challenge himself. Hear about his experience getting started at AT&T and how we can help other veterans make the transition to a civilian career.
I’d been wearing the army uniform for nine years and always identified myself as a soldier, but I decided to explore a new path after my commitment was done in 2015. I felt I had accomplished the goals I set out to do while I was in the military and wanted a change. But I wasn’t sure where I would find a similar bond that I felt with my “coworkers” in the military.
After the AT&T Technology Development Program accepted my application, I felt right at home in a place that had such a diverse cultural background. I was happy to have found a new kind of “brotherhood” and a support system in my outside plant (OSP) engineering team in Chicago. They welcomed me with open arms and helped me become the business leader I am today.
In getting acclimated to a civilian career, I realized that in each of my military roles, skills like communication and collaboration go a long way. The military teaches discipline, work ethic and adaptability, especially in stressful situations and, at AT&T, I apply these lessons every day.
Every veteran finds a way to adjust, but there are things we can do to help make the transition easier. It’s important to create a safe environment for them and to establish a rapport that focuses on trust and willingness to share experiences. Just talk to them, ask them questions and make them feel like a part of the team.
Despite my worries, I found a new kind of “brotherhood,” and I’m proud to be making a difference as a civilian and as an employee of AT&T.