Meet Gartner Account Executive and former U.S. Army Captain Drew Bailey. Below, he shares how his time in the military has provided him with a unique skill set that he is able to utilize at Gartner. Are you a transitioning military member looking to join the Gartner team? Drew is sharing his tips for applying your military experience to a corporate role below.
How has the military prepared you for working at Gartner? The military armed me with core values and skills that translate well to Gartner. Very much like the military, Gartner fosters a collaborative culture within an overarching results-oriented environment. Sense of duty, work ethic, commitment to excellence, complex problem-solving skills and familiarity with senior-leader decision-making processes are all attributes that I am grateful the military provided me.
Describe your experience in coming to Gartner: I spent six years as a logistics officer (90A) in the Army. For me, the uncertainty surrounding the transition and job hunt did prove somewhat stressful. Maintaining a positive attitude throughout the ups and downs can be challenging, but relying on a foundation of mission-oriented mindset certainly helps. Fortunately, Gartner offered an even stronger helping hand in recognizing veterans’ skills and providing a program (Sales Immersion Program) to seamlessly evaluate, assist and integrate service members.
Are there any groups at Gartner that helped you make the transition from the military easier? The Veterans at Gartner group provided me with relevant information and alleviated many of the stresses involved throughout transitioning. Since joining Gartner, I have also joined this group and foresee even greater assistance to onboarding veterans as we continue working hard to provide more robust resources.
Also, I simply sought out Gartner employees on LinkedIn to inquire about the company and potential role. Of course this must be done in a professional manner. The first person I asked after a brief introductory message reached out immediately and spent an hour of his time honestly and positively influencing my perspective. This type of interaction did not stop once on board either. I am consistently amazed at the overall willingness to support throughout this process.
What is your favorite part about working for Gartner? First and foremost, I enjoy the people and the investment the company makes in the people. This company provides a platform for success in readily available resources and continuous, world-class training. At this stage in my career, the professional development associated with learning and implementing best practices of this analytical organization is unmatched. Furthermore, the pool of opportunities is seemingly endless as Gartner continually expands reach and launches into new geographies.
For my role specifically, I find it very interesting and enlightening to discover and discuss the information our services uncover. It is a great feeling to know you are truly providing value, as Gartner’s unsurpassed insights, tools and advice is often the pivot of success or failure for our clients.
What advice can you give to people joining the workforce from the military? You must ensure you can tell your story in the language that resonates with civilian employers. Tasks performed in military roles are very relatable to those of civilian positions; only success and description may be communicated differently.
Be confident in the foundational skills you painfully built in the military. Know these skills translate very well. When coupled with the additional skills learned in your new career, they will undoubtedly set you apart from peers.
Learn more about job opportunities for veterans and transitioning military members here.