Below, several Gartner associates and former military members are sharing their advice to veterans looking to join our global team.
“Don’t be afraid to be ambitious – you’ve come from the best and will be joining some of the best here at Gartner. Be confident, willing to learn and make sure you retain the core values that motivated you in the military. Those skills will be transferable and help you succeed in your new role. Be proud of the business card you are about to carry – experience and exposure are of greater value to you than a paycheck at the end of the day.” – Michael Lithgow, MVP, Gartner UK Consulting, Brigadier-General, Royal Corps of Signals
“Beyond technical skills, the Gartner leadership and team members admire soft skills brought to the table by military veterans. Strong teamwork, work ethic, adaptability, and resilience are qualities veterans are known for. As far as self-motivation, it always gave me great pride assisting my airmen in accomplishing the mission. That same pleasure now motivates me whenever I support clients in solving their complex problems. Countless opportunities to serve at a global level continues with the global partners and clients of Gartner.” – Kimberly Baumann, Executive Partner, U.S. Air Force Brigadier General
“With minimal business, sales or technology experience, I had to lean on critical thinking skills to understand my clients’ business and build account strategy plans. This process was very similar to the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) or writing an OPORD in many ways. Years of briefing commanders and subordinates prepared me for communicating with C-level executive clients and teammates. It was surprising how much making a proposal to a Chief Marketing Officer felt like briefing a battalion commander on a training plan. Lastly, success in the Army demands a certain kind of attitude or belief epitomized in unit mottos like “Can do” and “Sua Sponte”. At Gartner, it is called the “limitless mindset” and it is a requirement for sustained success.” – Josh McCarver, Sales Manager, U.S. Army Infantry Officer
“Realize that there’s no ‘perfect way’ to transition into a corporate setting. Do your research on company culture and reach out to current associates who’ve had a similar experience. That way, you can share stories and build a sense of community. Remember, this change won’t happen in one day – it takes time to feel comfortable in a new setting.” – Diwakar Nath Pandey, Regional Security Manager, Senior Under Officer, National Cadet Corps, India
“The core competencies that made you successful in the military will have an immediate impact in a new role. Traits like creativity, resilience, and collaboration are very much a part of Gartner’s culture. When I first interviewed with Gartner, I was surprised that the team was so excited about my background – considering I had relatively little industry experience. As a veteran, you should be confident that your proven ability to thrive in a team environment makes you an asset here.” – Johnny McCabe, Managing Account Director, U.S. Army Captain
“Having the ability to adapt under pressure will help you to thrive at Gartner – especially in sales. Complacency isn’t something we’re familiar with – we keep pushing ourselves to be and do better. We’re always looking to work harder and smarter to make sure we’re managing time effectively. Being in the military has given me (and you) some fantastic and necessary traits for a corporate role.” – Armin Zarnani, Senior Account Executive, Grenadier Guardsman, HRH Queen Elizabeth’s Personal Guard
“As a veteran, one of our greatest strengths is being a team player. Being a team player requires many characteristics, some of which are: being trustworthy and dependable, collaborating and communicating well with people vertically and horizontally in your ecosystem, and caring about your teammates and the mission. If you focus on being a great team player, you will not only shoulder your share of the task, but your drive will overflow into helping others around you. Rely on these skills of being a team player that you learned in the military, and you will continue to succeed in any corporate environment.” – Brian Solmonson, Client Manager, U.S. Army Infantry Officer
“As a candidate who may have unrelated field or industry experience, it’s important to leverage your network when it comes to finding a company and role you’re interested in. Take the extra time to connect with people from companies you’re looking to join or colleagues from your time in service. Where are they working? What roles are they in? You can start to get a sense for which organizations value military talent and the skills you’ll be able to bring forward.” – Jyotiswarup Panigrahi, Account Executive, Indian Army Captain
If you are a military member or veteran looking to transition into the corporate world, Gartner is the right place for you. Bring your unique experiences to the table and we’ll help you find the right role.
Learn more about our commitment to military talent, veterans and their families here.