Embracing Change: A Soldier’s Journey to Civilian Life

Workday Life
4 min readMar 18, 2024

Life unfolds as a myriad of stories, each marked by transformation and resilience. My own journey is a testament to seizing opportunities and embracing the horizon of possibilities. It began within the disciplined ranks of the United States Army, where I proudly served as a combat engineer for 8 years. Specializing in explosives, mines, mine detection, hme (homemade explosives) and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), I navigated the complexities of warfare with precision and finesse. As I faced the challenges of conflict, I cultivated resilience and adaptability, laying the foundation for my future endeavors.

While many assume that job opportunities come easily for military veterans, the reality is often more challenging. Transitioning from a military career to the civilian world can pose significant obstacles. It was during this transition that I stumbled upon Opportunity Onramps by meeting a Workday employee on LinkedIn that made a similar transition a few years before. This program emerged as a pivotal resource, equipping me with the essential knowledge and skills needed to navigate this transition successfully. The support and opportunities provided by Opportunity Onramps are something for which I am deeply thankful. Follow along as I share my journey from Combat Engineer in the US Army to Corporate Card and Expense Analyst at Workday.

Unveiling Hidden Potential

Through my military experience, I cultivated a diverse skill set honed through years of service and perseverance. As a combat engineer, my background equipped me with a unique blend of discipline, problem-solving abilities, and adaptability — traits that proved invaluable in navigating the intricacies of the fintech space. From fostering meaningful relationships with colleagues and clients to embracing accountability for the tasks entrusted to me, each experience sculpted me into the professional I am today. I started to recognize the parallels between my military background and the demands of the fintech sector. The precision required to handle explosives and disarm IEDs mirrored the meticulous attention to detail essential in fintech operations. Moreover, the ability to adapt swiftly to evolving circumstances honed during my military service translated into the fast-paced environment of the tech world.

Seizing New Horizons

As I made the transition from military service to civilian life, the idea of pursuing a career in the tech industry still felt like a distant dream. Through Opportunity Onramps, I was introduced to Workday. Known for their vibrant culture and unwavering dedication to belonging and inclusion, the company captivated me in my search for a fulfilling career. The promise of empowerment and the chance to carve out my own path drew me to Workday. Within its supportive environment, surrounded by individuals who shared my values of inclusivity and personal growth, I found a sense of belonging and purpose. Workday wasn’t just another workplace; it was a sanctuary where I could thrive and contribute to something greater than myself.

A New Dawn: Embracing Change

As a Workmate, my perspective on my career path has undergone a significant shift. While the fundamental aspects of my life remain constant, the atmosphere and unwavering support within Workday have injected fresh vitality into my professional journey. What truly sets Workday apart is the tangible camaraderie among team members and the freedom to shape one’s own future. Workday fosters an environment where everyone is encouraged to pursue their passions and broaden their horizons. Whether through educational opportunities, Workclubs, Employee Belonging Councils or a culture that champions diversity and inclusivity, Workday epitomizes the spirit of empowerment.

Choosing Excellence: The Workday Promise

For those treading a similar path, I offer these words of encouragement: never lose sight of your dreams. In the face of adversity, perseverance is your greatest ally. Forge connections, seize opportunities, and never falter in your pursuit of excellence. The tech industry is brimming with potential for those bold enough to chase their aspirations. My journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of seizing opportunities and embracing change. As I continue to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of the tech industry, I am reminded that with resilience and determination, anything is possible.

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