I joined the military because I wanted to serve. I also had a very scary home life and knew that if I didn't join to learn how to do something, I would have just gotten in trouble at home.
I've gotten very good at prioritizing multiple projects at once, which I definitely did in the military. I've also learned how to be a champion troubleshooter.
The service also taught me a lot about empathy. I was exposed to other countries where people aren't as fortunate as in the United States, and it made me more empathetic to what other folks are going through.
So, I wanted to keep helping people even after I left the service.
Looking back, I wish I understood how beneficial the Tuition Assistance program could actually have been while I was serving. When I was in, I didn't know what I wanted to go to school for, so, I didn't take advantage of that benefit until the end of my career.
Still, I have found a great career here at Palo Alto Networks and learned that the transition to civilian life can open new doors.
To those in the service who are considering making a change, remember that there is a place for you. The trick is that you have to show the industry how your uniqueness can help them solve problems or bring value to their companies.