After 16 years in the U.S. Army National Guard, Joseph found a career that keeps him connected to the military every day. As the Military Relations Lead for GDIT, Joseph helps service members continue to move the mission forward by discovering career opportunities that align with their backgrounds.
“Service members are taught mission first. And it’s the same at GDIT. It means a lot to us to be able to continue a mission with the company we work for.”
Connecting former military members their next mission. My team owns it.
When I joined GDIT, I was a sourcer in Human Resources where I was matching candidates with our jobs. I saw former service members looking for jobs and I knew there was an opportunity to give them the individual help they needed to find the right roles.
I was encouraged by my leadership to come up with an idea so I put together a proposal. They loved it. I was only here for a little over a year when I created the Military Relations Department.
Helping service members enter the workforce.
A service member approached us about the DoD Skillbridge program. It’s an internship program for service members leaving active duty. They intern with us and learn the environment, the culture, and more about the civilian workplace. I’ve been able to bring the program to GDIT and we’ve had a number of service members intern with us already. Our goal is to bring them on full-time after they intern for a few months.
I’m really proud when we hire someone full-time after the program. It makes me know that my job is worth doing.
Advice for service members.
Don’t give up. There may be some bumps in the road, but keep persevering to find the job you really want. You learn so many things in the military, especially around leadership. Those are skills that any company can use so be confident and keep trying.