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.
Since joining our team, Jessamy Zimbalist took a liking to our values and resources, and they’ve proven to be instrumental in fostering her professional growth after completing her service in the military. See how she’s thriving in her new civilian career:
- Branch of service: United States Marine Corps
- Current position at AT&T: Lead – Business Development
What skills did you bring with you from the military that help you in your current role?
I’ve been able to transfer my experiences from the military in a lot of different ways. For example, starting a new job and understanding the dynamics of a new company can be challenging, forcing you to learn on the go – and the military teaches you how to do just that. Not only that, but thinking outside the box, fostering a habit of productivity, taking initiative and effectively working in teams are skills I had in my back pocket that come in handy every day at AT&T.
Do you think AT&T is an inclusive environment for veterans?
AT&T truly walks the walk when it comes to inclusion. Having access to an internal veteran community through its Employee Resource Groups has been extremely helpful, and I’ve gotten an incredible amount of support from both the company and my coworkers. AT&T’s leadership also continually shows that they’re all about inclusion, diversity and a progressive attitude when it comes to discussing issues that affect their employees.
How did you know what career was right for you after transitioning?
To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what all my options were after completing my service. I used business school as a time to explore career paths and find the right balance between what I wanted to do and where I wanted to do it – and I definitely found the perfect blend at AT&T. I knew I wanted to work at a company with integrity where I can think strategically. The fact that AT&T values a positive attitude and hard work gave me something very tangible (and familiar) to look forward to in starting a civilian career.
Would you recommend AT&T as a potential employer?
Without a doubt – and I already have. AT&T is a great place to work and it shows in all the awards and rankings they’ve already won for best places to work. Some of my favorite things to share about the company are the culture, the professional and personal development resources and my positive experience with access to female leadership.