Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Veteran Spotlight: Ernie Ayala

From the Battlefield sat down with Ernie Ayala, a former Electrical Supervisor, whom Orion recently matched with a career at Siemens in the Energy sector. This is the second time that Ernie has used Orion’s services to help him find a rewarding career.

Ernie transitioned from the Navy after 20 years Active Duty service and two years Reserve. During his time in the military, Ernie served as an Electrician, Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman, and Gunner’s Mate. To say that Ernie likes improving himself through education is an understatement – Ernie holds two Associate’s degrees from Coastline Community College, and a BS from Southern Illinois University in Electronic Systems Technologies. He is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Houston.

Because of his great experience previously with Orion, Ernie knew who to turn to when he wanted to make a career change. “I was extremely prepared thanks to the transitioning programs offered by Orion,” he says. He attended hiring conferences in Jacksonville and Houston, where he met with several companies, including Siemens. “The conferences allowed me to explore my options and be very selective,” he states.

Ernie has been with Siemens as a Quality Engineer for a few months and is very satisfied with his new position. He particularly enjoys the traveling opportunities, which he missed in the military, and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with a job well done. “Siemens also gives employees numerous training opportunities, which is helpful in growing in your position,” Ernie adds. He lists the great location, unbelievable pay, excellent benefits, and flexibility in his schedule as major perks of a career with Siemens.

The military has helped Ernie prepare for his current position. “Along with their transitioning courses, the military has given me leadership, electrical, medical, mechanical, and engineering training, which I have used again and again at Siemens,” he states.

Ernie recommends Siemens as a veteran-friendly place to work, mostly for the structure, training, and professional environment, which are very similar to the military. He has this advice to offer to those transitioning out of the military – “I would recommend investing as much time in getting your education prior to getting out; [get] as many certifications as you can. Take time to use the benefits, family support center, courses available, and get your resume updated and perfect. Practice doing interviews, get a suit, and know what you want to do when you get out. Don’t waste time, and most important – NETWORK for jobs! Every job interview leads to another job that wasn’t posted or advertised.”

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