Veterans At Gartner: Jess McClure Shares Her Story

IMG_5051Are you a veteran or recently transitioned military member looking to join the corporate world? We strongly encourage veterans to consider Gartner as their next career step after the military because we are not just a team professionally, we are a family. Below, Jess McClure, former U.S. Army Captain and current Account Executive, shares her experience transitioning from the military and joining the Gartner team.

How has the military prepared you for working at Gartner? To succeed in the military is to build relationships and leverage those relationships to maximize opportunity and growth for the organization. The military has taught me that relationships matter most of all, and I believe this will transition smoothly into the role an Account Executive has with clients.

Describe your experience in coming to Gartner: I am transitioning from the Army. The culture at Gartner is genuine happiness, which was drastically different than the type of office I’m used to walking into (in a good way). With Gartner’s help, the transition from military to civilian life has been immeasurably easier, and I am so thankful to be part of such a thoughtful and supportive organization. One of the things that really sold me on Gartner as a veteran was seeing the teams interact and relating that to a squad-sized element. Very small, very personal, very exciting. I started out as a Military Police officer and was selected for a branch in the Special Operations Forces.

Are there any groups at Gartner that helped you make the transition from the military easier? I would say I was extremely intimidated by coming to the Immersion Program because it was my first showcase as a civilian and I didn’t know anyone. However, my class at the immersion program really helped make my decision, among other things. It felt like being in the military but business-casual. So it was outside of my comfort zone but the people made a huge difference (both veterans and existing Gartner employees).

What is your favorite part about working for Gartner? The people!

What advice can you give to people joining the workforce from the military? Don’t look for just a job. Look for an environment, a culture, a role which you are excited about, not just one to pay the bills. It will make a huge difference, and you’ll know the difference in what feels right and what feels forced. The right opportunity will find you, so don’t settle until it does!


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