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GIJOBS.COM | JULY 2018 | G.I. JOBS 21 When were you hired by First- Energy? I was hired in November 2005 as a meter reader and worked my way up in the company. What you do at FirstEnergy now? I'm a supervisor for the department responsible for training associated with FirstEnergy's 10 regulated utilities. Safety is a key priority for us and a few of the areas we cover are rescue and first aid training and safe operation of equipment, such as forklifts. I spend much of my time with management scheduling training, working to update or develop training, and meeting with employees. What's the coolest thing about your civilian job? I work with great people every day. I have a leadership team that allows me to make decisions and work SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT: ENERGY TRAINING UP NCO climbs from meter reader to training supervisor at FirstEnergy * . Matt Heinz Supervisor, Distribution Skills Training FirstEnergy, Akron, Ohio Age: 37 Education: Bachelor's degree, secondary education (mathematics), University of Akron, 2009 Military Service: Sergeant First Class (E-7), Army (1998-2000) Ohio National Guard (2001-Present); Afghanistan: 2011-2012 MOS: Infantryman (11B)/ Technical Engineer (12T) independently. I also appreciate FirstEnergy's dedication to safety. It has made me more safety conscious even when away from the job. What's the biggest challenge? My biggest challenge is ensuring all the employees I'm responsible for have everything they need to perform at their highest levels. They work in different locations across the company and it's not always possible to visit everyone in person. Best advice for transiঞoning service members? Take the transitioning program seriously when exiting the military. Make sure to work on your résumé and be patient while looking for a job. I've also had the chance to interview multiple individuals who recently left the military. Try to relax during the interview process – it is much less stressful than a military board interaction. GIJOBS.COM | JULY 2018 | G.I. JOBS 21 *Company is a paid client.

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