Veterans on a Mission: Ruben Hernandez
In our Veterans on a Mission series, we’ll highlight the best and brightest veterans who have put their service-learned skills to work – and have helped us become one of G.I. Jobs’ Top Military Friendly Employers.
Ruben served in the Marine Corps for 13 years and has now made a home for himself with AT&T in Texas. Hear his story:
What is your branch of service?
United States Marine Corps
Current position at AT&T:
Tell us a little about your military background:
I was in the Marine Corps for 13 years and served three combat tours overseas (Iraq, Afghanistan) along with many other training evolutions with foreign militaries. I served as an Electronics Technician, marksmanship coach and platoon sergeant.
When did you start at AT&T?
I started with the company in July 2015. In less than a year, I’m being groomed for a management position on my team.
What skills did you bring with you from the military that help you in your current role?
I was fortunate to utilize some of the electronics training I learned in the Marine Corps to my current position in the DSC where I troubleshoot wireless devices.
How has AT&T helped with your transition from the military world into the civilian world?
AT&T has been very supportive in my transition from active duty to civilian life. So far, the company has been very accommodating by supporting my continuing education to being flexible with my VA appointments.
How did you know what career was right for you after transitioning?
I really had no idea what the right career path was until I tried a few jobs before landing at AT&T, once I started here I knew it was a good fit and I knew I would be good at it. Easy math there!
Do you think the culture at AT&T is similar to the military?
The similarities I’ve seen so far include rank structure/sonority, educational opportunities, benefits, and a sense of pride and belonging.
Have you been able to network with other veterans to make your transition easier?
Yes, I have recently joined the AT&T Veterans Employee Resource Group where I was able to network with other veteran employees and participate in Veterans Day services with the ERG.
What advice would you give to veterans who are looking to make the transition into the civilian world?
Do your homework. Take some resume building classes and make sure before transitioning you have an idea of what you want to do. Any plan is better than no plan.
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