Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Veteran Spotlight: Trisha Katula


From the Battlefield to the Boardroom recently chatted with Trisha Katula, a former Electronics Technician Third Class in the Navy, about her recent transition to the civilian world. Read on to see what she has to say about experience:

I was very nervous about the transition from the military to civilian world. You hear a lot of horror stories from people about their transition. But I was told at a very young age that you make things how they are, so I surrounded myself with a very strong support group. I quickly realized that it is ok to not know what to expect. This was a very stressful time in my life, but, after it was all said and done, I couldn't be happier with the way that it went.

I’m entering the Telecommunications industry, and my military experience helped a lot with this new job. I monitor and fix any problems in the main shop before it goes to the customer. This is a great field to work in, as we have some of the newest technologies in the world. This industry is constantly changing and improving. There is a lot of advancement opportunity within the company and in my department.

My military training gave me an overview of all the different parts of the telecommunication world. Also, in the military, you grow accustomed to change. Some older techs in this field are not accustomed to the change. A lot of things in this field are going from RF to IP, and people who have been dealing with RF all of their careers are having issues with this change.

The one thing that I have found that is different between the military and civilian workplace is that in the civilian world your thoughts and opinions carry more weight. If you think of a way to do something differently or more effectively, companies want to know about it. This is why they hire military! If it wasn’t for the military, I would have not gotten to the place that I am today.

One of the best lessons that I have learned through this experience is to use your resources. There are a lot of people that are willing to help and point service members in the right direction when you are going through the transitioning process. Even if you think you have a stupid question, ask it. Any time you are unclear on what to do, there is someone that can help you.

You can read more about Trisha's transition and even ask her a question here.

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