Veterans At Gartner: How Peter Goff Uses His Military Experience At Gartner

At Gartner, veterans become a part of our community and make an impact with their work. Below, Peter Goff shares the story of his transition from being a Brigade Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army National Guard into his current role as a Senior Program Manager, R&A. Like Peter, you can join the Gartner team and apply your military experience to a corporate role. 

DSCN0670How has the military prepared you for working at Gartner? The military has prepared me for a variety of roles available at Gartner. As a former intelligence officer, I am well-positioned to manage quantitative and qualitative research initiatives. As a former advisor to senior military commanders, I am well-suited to advise clients on how to achieve their goals with insights and tools from Gartner. As a former military leader, I am capable of leading anything from small teams to large organizations. Each of these requires adapting my skills to our organization, but the military has provided me the foundation from which I can do so.

Describe your experience in coming to Gartner: I joined Gartner (actually CEB at the time), in 2013 after 10 years in the Maryland Army National Guard (part time) and as a civilian defense contractor (full time). It was my first role outside the defense community, and my transition was slow. I had few peers to share my experiences and challenges with, and it took me a while to understand how my military experience benefited me and my team. That’s why participation in Veterans at Gartner has been so useful to me. It’s a way for me to network with other veterans who have gone (or are going) through this same transition, while helping the next generation of transitioning veterans arrive at Gartner in roles where we can best take advantage of their unique skills and capabilities.

What is your favorite part about working for Gartner? I love Gartner research. I’m proud of the caliber and impact of our insights, and I’m passionate about helping our clients use them to build their businesses, achieve their goals, and lead successful teams.

What advice can you give to people joining the workforce from the military? Spend time to reflect on your military experience to help understand where you will excel outside of the military. To gain insight, think less about your specific military specialty and more about what traits made you successful. What did you enjoy most in the military? Why? What did you enjoy least? What would you like to do again? What were your most rewarding experiences? What are you most proud of? If it will help, think through these questions with your peers and perhaps a colleague who has made the transition recently.

Are you interested in starting a new career path? Learn more about how you can apply your military experience here.

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