Career Advice for Military Members from Gartner’s Veteran Associates

At Gartner, we believe that as individuals, as communities, and as an organization we are stronger and better by bringing diverse perspectives and experiences together.

Our associates and members of the military community have the leadership skills and aptitude for teamwork needed to make an impact at Gartner. Their humility, ability to adapt and problem-solving skills make them an essential part of our team as we continue to grow and evolve. It is through the work of our Veterans at Gartner Employee Resource Group (ERG) that we strive to establish an inclusive and supportive environment for military talent and their families.

Below, several Gartner associates and former military members are sharing about their experiences transitioning into the corporate world and how they have successfully leveraged their unique skill-sets in their current roles.

Eric Rahman, Senior Account Executive & U.S. Army Reserve Officer

As a Senior Account Executive on Gartner’s Global Technology Sales (GTS) team, I am responsible for all Special Operations Forces and European Department of Defense clients. My experience in combat, in addition to my experience having commanded units lends great credibility to my current clients.

When we speak about folks from the military, we often speak of leadership capabilities. I have found that the key to successful leadership is that you must understand how to be a good follower. As both a leader and a follower, you should think about how you can help your team and in turn, help your clients.

Lance Pate, Specialist, RES & U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

I am a Specialist on the Research Engagement Services team and quickly approaching my one-year anniversary at Gartner. I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for ten years and have found that Gartner is a great place for transitioning veterans to work. Through the Veterans at Gartner Employee Resource Group (ERG), Gartner ensures that veteran associates feel welcomed and comfortable – it is especially helpful to have likeminded peers help you navigate during your first few weeks.

The Veterans at Gartner ERG creates a great sense of comradery, as everyone involved is dedicated to helping others succeed. Everyone is trying to improve a process or gain support to help other transitioning military members. The group has a positive energy and brings to light how we can all help one another, even after we have finished serving.

Derek Devecchis, Leadership Client Manager & U.S. Army Veteran

I enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2006 as a Special Electronics Devices Repairer and then went to West Point for my undergraduate degree. I was commissioned as an Armor Officer and eventually made my way up to Captain after serving 10 years of active duty.

During my service, I learned how to actively listen, how to ask disconfirming questions and ask second and third level questions to ensure the mission is accomplished right the first time. My military experience helps me to effectively communicate with senior executives, be clear in concise in determining what resources they need, and then deliver and follow-through until the mission is accomplished. In my role, I am aligned solely to Federal/Government/Military Clients, as my background builds immediate credibility and rapport with our clients.

Keith Gordon, Sr Director, Consulting & U.S. Navy Veteran

At Gartner, we will provide you with a framework to succeed that is not altogether foreign to what you have learned in the military.  We value continuing education and help transitioning veterans develop the skills needed to be successful with clients. Gartner gives you leadership opportunities and connects you with counselors and mentors to help coach you.

One skill that I learned during my time in the military is the importance of communication. Often while serving we are given little guidance, a collapsing timeline and the requirements to stand and deliver. Being able to take the initiative and effectively communicate under pressure are skills I learned while serving that have helped me excel in my role at Gartner.

Mark Obradovich, Sr Consultant & U.S. Navy Reserve Officer

As a U.S. Navy Reserve Officer, the primary attribute that I’ve been able to translate to my role at Gartner is confidence. Throughout my service, I led hundreds of sailors, navigated a multi-billion-dollar submarine and provided real-time surveillance intelligence to leaders – all these experiences have given me the confidence to lead and execute any complicated task that is handed to me.

If you are a transitioning military member, my advice to you is to be okay with not knowing where or what the answer is. Use the critical thinking and decision-making skills you’ve learned from your experiences to make your own determination in what the best answer is and be confident, even if you are new to your role. You’ll be glad you did, and you’ll make a lasting impression on all those in the room.

One of the main reasons I chose to join the Gartner team was the clear value the organization places on veteran talent. Gartner’s leadership team is comprised of both military and non-military talent, which showed me that the company sees the tremendous impact veterans can bring to their roles.


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