US Army veteran Frank Aburto knows the value that comes from the skills he learned in the military.
Through basic training and deployment to Iraq as part of the 2-14 Cavalry from 2007 to 2009, Aburto gained essential knowledge through his experiences that would later help him transition to a civilian career at Audible, an Amazon company.
As a Senior Manager for Financial Planning and Analysis with Audible, Aburto says his career in the military helped him to be successful in his current role, and he believes that other veterans should see their training and deployment experiences as significant strengths to bring to the workplace as well.
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“Creative problem solving and a positive attitude are just as essential in a post-service career as they were during a field training exercise,” Aburto notes, “and they help veterans differentiate themselves from others.”
The Military Recruiting Team (MRT) at Amazon asked Aburto (FA) to share his advice with veterans transitioning from the military to the workforce after his own journey from deployment to Amazon-owned Audible.
Here’s more from his success story and what he wants all veterans transitioning from the military to know:
MRT: What was your role in the military?
FA: I was an Armor/Cavalry officer in the Army serving as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Squadron Logistics Officer.
MRT: Were there particular skills that you used in your military role that continue to make you successful in your current civilian role at Audible?
FA: Planning, managing a budget, and working with colleagues up and down were essential to my success in the Army and are essential to my career after the service. But the most important skill I learned in the Army was the ability to tackle any problem, regardless of whether it was in my area of expertise, and find a solution while keeping my team motivated.
MRT: If you knew one thing before transitioning that would have made your experience easier, what would that be? How would you advise transitioning veterans who are just starting the process of moving towards a civilian career?
FA: Explore opportunities in areas that you think you might like or even may not be good [at] right now by tapping into the veteran community. Too often I hear fellow vets accept jobs doing something they are not excited about or that fail to help them grow.
MRT: So how can a transitioning veteran do just that – tap into the veteran community?
FA: There are many of us at Amazon who are willing to share our own experiences about finding careers after the service. Reach out to those who are willing to help and learn from them! You might find out about something new or learn about a career path you never considered because you felt you did not have the requisite skills.