From anxious about the future...
“Daunting and confused – best describes my mindset as I prepared to transition outside the Army. The Army
taught me to be focused, detail-oriented and have perseverance. Imagine my delight when I discovered
Veterans4Quality which required these same attributes. Using the basics that I learned in the Army and
adding the technical skills learned in this program, I transitioned from someone with an unknown future
someone trained and ready to join a rapidly growing industry with unlimited potential for a lifetime of
Through determined to learn...
Today I work with brilliant scientists and engineers every day. I own a house, and I contribute
monthly to an IRA with, get this, disposable income! I have a savings account and the life I dreamt
about a few years ago. The Air Force taught me to push hard to reach a goal. I’m grateful to put
that hard-earned knowledge to work. Time to set new goals!
This would be my first technical class so I expected a big learning curve ahead. My degree in Accounting
was beneficial and I considered returning to school for a Masters. Instead, I joined Veterans4Quality
which was free to me as a Veteran. We had volunteer instructors from renowned companies that were
fascinating and very inspiring. I remember one instructor who had been a music major and hearing their
stories increased my confidence that I could thrive in the IT economy ahead.
We learned the fundamentals of Software Quality Assurance, the importance of a test plan, configuration
management, working with developers, change management, issues handling and more. The networking event
helped introduce me to companies that wanted, and needed, my new skills and valued my military service.
When I graduated, I had a job and a new beginning.
To ready, willing and ABLE...
I’ve changed companies and been promoted all because of my new and hard-earned skills. Look me up on
LinkedIn and you’ll see that I’m a SaaS Operations Engineer at a well-known global company. Previously
shut doors have opened and I am ready for anything. My new career has given me the opportunity to
support my family, purchase my first home, become financially sound and invest for my future. I was
overwhelmed and vulnerable facing my military transition. I will never fear the future again.