This month, From the Battlefield is pleased to check in with Orion alumnus Andrew Sanders, a former Aviation Electronics Technician in the Navy. Andrew attended an Orion Hiring Conference in Virginia Beach, VA, in May 2016, and was hired as a Field Service Representative with ARxIUM, a leader in pharmacy solutions.
“While my terminal leave was roughly 30 days, happily, there was only a five-day gap between leaving the military and beginning my career at ARxIUM. I am happy to say I couldn't have found a better company to help me transition than Orion. I owe a lot of my fortune and success to the hard working people at Orion for executing a flawless Hiring Conference,” recalls Andrew of his transition.
Andrew’s transition has been exciting and eye opening. Saying yes to his job offer was the easiest part of his transition! But, he explains that looking for a job and trying to plan with a family depending on you was the hardest part. “Good communication and trying to stay healthy and active played a large role in our success,” says Andrew.
Andrew now works in Field Support within the Pharmacy Automation industry. He tells us that his military skills have helped—from working with his hands to communicating with the customer and using organization and time management to his advantage. “In my new job, I travel once a week for preventative maintenance and work in a clean room environment. I could advance to a higher grade technician in the future,” explains Andrew, “My overall demeanor in real time, high tempo, stressful situations has already helped. In the Navy, we are taught to methodically approach these situations and react with time-critical solutions.”
Andrew also has some great advice for other transitioning veterans out: “Take a deep breath. Use the great resources out there; take your time; pay attention to detail; and, for goodness sake, follow up on everything. Just like the service, no one cares more about you and your life more than you do!! Be open to change, and don't be afraid to jump outside your comfort zone.”
Congratulations to Andrew on his new career. We are happy to have played a part in it!