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GIJOBS.COM | AUGUST 2018 | G.I. JOBS 47 What do you do? I am a technician and safety champion. I check equipment and make sure people are working safely while servicing equipment. How did you get your job? I was at the unemployment office looking for jobs online four days per week. A veteran rep contacted me regarding a new program that Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS) was offering through United Rentals * . Why did you choose this career path? I like working and fixing things with my hands. I also like solving problems others have a hard time with. What's the coolest thing about your job? I get the chance to actually give back by training veterans and preparing them for a great career with United Rentals. Management here is like family, which is very hard to come by. What's the biggest challenge in your job? Learning how to be safe while maintaining a high sense of urgency. Best advice for transiঞoning service members? Remember that what you put into something is what you get in return. So, put your best foot forward and make sure the next veterans to follow have the same opportunity. What do you do? I help organizations re-think their cybersecurity effectiveness through assessments, remediation and program enhancements. How did you get your job? I did all the research I could on how to get into my master's program while also figuring out what type of experience I needed to land an entry-level job in cybersecurity. I decided to contract for the first few months for only $20 an hour because I knew this was the path that needed to be taken to gain real-world experience in my field. Through networking and FourBlock [a career-readiness program for veterans], I came across a job announcement for PwC, and I applied immediately! Best advice for transiঞoning service members? Like the Marine Corps taught me, society owes you nothing, so it's up to you to adapt and overcome in order to accomplish the task at hand. I tell veterans that they should never expect an $80,000 salary without having the proper credentials and experience in the civilian workforce. This is why organizations such as FourBlock are so amazing, because they attempt to help veterans through resume building, networking, mock interviews and transitioning classes. Age: 36 Military Service: Sergeant (E-5), Army (2003-2008) MOS: Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic (91w, 63b) Age: 31 Military Service: Corporal (E-4), Marine Corps (2008-2012) MOS: Mortarman (0341) Higher Education: • Bachelor's degree, history (minors in information technology and criminology), Framingham State College, 2015 • Master's degree, information assurance, Northeastern University, 2018 SERGEANT CORPORAL DEWAYLYNN ROSS NATHANIEL HALL Tech 3, United Rentals * , Irving, Texas Cybersecurity Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers † , Boston *Company is a paid advertiser in this issue. † Companies are paid clients.

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