Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Recruiter Spotlight: Marin Jakawich


Marin is originally from the state of Washington, and graduated from the University of Southern California. She was commissioned through NROTC with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Law and Society. She commissioned in 2003 and reported to the USS Bataan as a Surface Warfare Officer in Engineering. Marin then went on to serve on USS Bulkeley as the Training Officer, and then Destroyer Class Squadron staff as their training and readiness department head. 

When Marin left active duty in September 2010, she transitioned to the Reserves where she currently drills at Tactical Training Group Atlantic as an Air Defense Evaluator, and works with Commander Second Fleet Surface Warfare Enterprise and Career Transition Office. Marin joined Orion in 2010 as a Navy Officer Recruiter to work with Navy Officers as they prepare for their transition into Corporate America.

Marin is happily married to Vince Jakawich and lives in Virginia Beach. They have three girls, Michaela, Makenzie, and Madelyn (Maddie). 

If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional, what would it be?

Start the process early. You don’t realize how busy you are wrapping up loose ends at the end of your career with physicals, VA Benefits, turning over, and moving, if applicable. There’s never a better time to start looking for a job!

What do you like most about working at Orion?

I get to make things better than they were for me. I was a girl scout growing up, and that’s one of our mottos. As I got older, it turned into “if you’re going to complain, have a solution”. I thought the Navy’s transition program left something to be desired for Junior Officers, and, since I can’t change that, I came to a company that has a program where I can help Junior Officers months, if not years, before they get out. When the time comes, they’re ready to transition into a great new career.

Please share one interesting fact that you would like candidates to know.

I moved from Washington State to Incirilik, Turkey, to Torrejon, Spain, to Aviano, Italy, and then back to Washington when I was 10-14 and saw 30 countries before I was 18. All because my mom was a teacher in overseas military base schools.

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