Employee Name: Holly
Current Title/position: Management Analyst
How long have you been with DOJ? 4 years
Prior experience before joining DOJ after you left and military:
Adjutant (administrator) and Communications Project Manage/Operations Officer.
Branch of Service: USMC
Years of service: 10 years
Education: MS Information Technology Management and Bachelor of Musical Arts
How did you find your current job? USAJobs.gov
How did your military service fit into your current career (assuming it did)? It has not
How did you get your job – what background/education/experience is helpful?
- Experience with the financial services industry
- 4 years civil service as an IT Specialist and intranet content manager, general IT skills
- Organizational skills, self-starter, proactive, quick learner.
How was your transition from military life to your civilian career?
It has been tougher with the DOJ/ATF than it was with the Dept of Veterans Affairs. I’ve found more of a culture shock as a member of the DOJ workforce than with the Dept of VA.
Do you continue to serve in the reserves, and if so, how has that worked in blending the military and civilian life?
I do not serve in the reserves.
What made you decide to go into this field?
Opportunity to leverage my skills and knowledge in a supportive environment. Interest in serving with an organization of professionals.
Any advice for veterans who may want to choose your career field?
Find a Veteran mentor in the civilian career field you want to pursue to better appreciate the military skills and culture that may transfer fairly easily and the nuances you will need to navigate and adjust to once you transition into the private sector (or civil service).
What advice do you have for veterans who want to work for the Department of Justice?
Get engaged with the DOJ Veterans Employment Program Office. Leverage the numerous Veteran resources available: FedsHireVets, Military to Federal Jobs Crosswalk, Verification of Military Training (http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/vmet), MGIB/Post-911 MGIB education benefits, and numerous other nationwide and state level Veteran employment, transition, and support services.
If coming into federal service with a service related disability rating of 30% or more, be familiar with the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015.
What are your best three transition tips for other veterans?
Find a Veteran mentor in the industry you want to pursue.
Get familiar with and USE the numerous resources available (websites, Veteran organizations, local, state, and national resources).
Start preparing for your next career at least 3-6 months prior to your separation. There is so much to learn and do to hit the ground running when you’re ready to start your first career after leaving the military!