Retiring from the U.S. Army is one of the most exciting yet stressful things one can go through. There are certain securities while serving, always knowing a paycheck is in the bank and having the support of your unit, peers, and military family. Don’t get me wrong—those people are still there for you, but when you leave the service you’re on a different playing field and in an outright different game.
The dreaded job hunt was feast or famine. Leaving the service around the holidays was not an ideal time. I learned of the NS2 Serves Program through a friend. I figured one more application and interview couldn’t hurt; my resume was already spread everywhere like a “Lost Dog” notice. Then within a two-week period, I started receiving job offers and was accepted to join the NS2 Serves Training Program.
A decision had to be made, and I believe I made the correct one. NS2 Serves gave me the opportunity to learn a new trade working with SAP software, which is widely used not only domestically but internationally. It gave me the chance to step out of my comfort zone and kept me from being pigeonholed into my former military specialty on the civilian side of the Department of Defense.
The eleven-week course was not an easy task; it was like drinking water from a fire hose. However, with the help of our instructors, the remarkable NS2 Serves staff, and my fellow classmates, we survived and graduated.
The knowledge I gained on SAP information technology (IT), Materials and Inventory Management, and the business world prepared me to start my second career with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). CSC is a global leader of next-generation IT services and solutions with over 74,000+ professionals, serving clients in more than 70 countries.
I started at CSC as a Product Developer on the Business Warehouse team in support of the U.S. Army’s Logistics Modernization Program.
Although I was certified in a different SAP area, my SAP Materials Management certification provided me the base knowledge needed to learn new skills and expand my understanding of additional facets of SAP software.
My Army background allows me to help my colleagues with a better understanding of the client. I realize I didn’t get far from the Army, but CSC affords many opportunities in both the public and private sector.
NS2 Serves leads by example and was a remarkable experience. I hope additional companies follow in their footsteps and expand this opportunity to even more veterans.
I extend my sincere gratitude to Mark Testoni, Vice Admiral Joe Kernan, Steve Kupcha, Aparna Moondra, Laura Carmack, and the entire NS2 Team for their continued support to the current and future alumni.