Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Where Are They Now? Orion Alumni Succeed in Civilian Careers


As part of our resources for transitioning veterans, we offer advice from our alumni who are now enjoying civilian careers. This feature, while aimed at our candidates, is also a great tool for companies interested in hiring veterans. By perusing the many profiles, hiring managers are able to see the transition story of veterans from all branches and ranks who have transitioned into a wide variety of industries. Perhaps most importantly, the profiles detail what advancement these veterans have enjoyed in their new careers illustrating just how qualified, self-driven, and dedicated they are.

Check out these examples and visit Transition Advice to read more:

Elizabeth Woolfolk
Musician, Ordnance Officer, Force Management Officer, CPT
Senior Buyer, Honda North America (2015 – present)

"Since I've taken this position with Honda North America, I have gained a lot of technical knowledge and definitely improved my business and strategy skills. I have been recognized by my management as a strategic thinker, a hard worker, and very professional. In addition, I have been identified as a future leader in the company (with definite potential for promotion)."

Jeff Moehling
Nurse Corps, CPT
Executive Sales Representative, Eli Lilly and Company (2000 – present)

“I celebrated my 16-year anniversary with Lilly in August 2016! My career progression began in Austin with a Sales Representative position, which I held for a little more than three years. In that time, I was promoted to Senior Sales Representative as a result of above average sales results and consistent leadership within my district.

In May 2004, I was promoted to an associate role in our corporate office in Indianapolis, Indiana, and spent two years there as a Sales Training Associate. Following that position, I was promoted again to a District Sales Manager position in Tyler, Texas, where I supervised ten sales representatives all over East Texas. In August 2009, I made the decision to return to Austin and an Executive Sales Representative role in order to spend more time with my family and explore other outside interests. Doing so paid off, as I am now a father of two and a three - time Ironman triathlon finisher.”

Kevin Robillard
Aviation Officer, CPT
Senior SIOP Leader/Sr. Materials Analyst Planner, Honeywell Aerospace (2012 – present)


“I supervised anywhere from 20-70 direct reports in an aerospace manufacturing facility for the first two years of my career with Honeywell, starting on second shift and moving to first shift about a year in. In February 2015, I received a promotion and transfer into the Materials group as a Senior Sales, Inventory, Operations and Planning (SIOP) Leader, where I advise the site leadership on strategic initiatives and the direction to take the factory in terms of census, hours, overtime, inventory, etc.”

These veterans aren’t unique in their ability to stand out among their peers, earning recognition and advancement. Check out Transition Advice to see other examples of veterans in action in their civilian careers.

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