By Barry Becker, Senior Vice President, Alliances & Partnerships Leader at Kyndryl US, and US Air Force Veteran
In today's fast-paced world of technology, companies are constantly seeking skilled professionals who can adapt, innovate and excel under pressure. Veterans, with their unique blend of discipline, strategic thinking and problem-solving skills, have long proved to be strong candidates for technology careers.
While many skills acquired during years of service transfer well to the business world, veterans can also positively impact company culture and its bottom line. Veterans bring the mental discipline and technical expertise to keep IT systems and infrastructures running in high-stakes environments. That’s something we have seen firsthand at Kyndryl, the world’s largest IT infrastructure services company, specializing in designing, managing and running complex mission-critical information systems for customers in major industries around the world.
Kyndryl is committed to supporting veterans through recruiting and hiring efforts, an internal business resource group dedicated to the military community and its Supplier Diversity program that facilitates opportunities for businesses owned and operated by veterans.
Here are five ways in which the experiences and skills gained in the armed forces can translate into successful roles within the technology industry.
1. Technical skills, certifications and expertise
In the military, veterans gain hands-on experiences and hone extensive technical skills that can translate into thriving careers in the technology industry. Their expertise in configuring and troubleshooting complex problems is highly sought after. For instance, veterans who specialize in cybersecurity can seamlessly transition into cybersecurity specialist roles, thanks to their experience in identifying and mitigating security threats. Additionally, these skills also open pathways to careers as network engineers, cybersecurity analysts or systems administrators.
2. Project and financial management
Veterans, adept in planning and executing missions, are good candidates for tech project management roles. Their expertise in resource management, budgeting, setting deadlines and team leadership equips them to run high-value, intricate, multi-step projects. Their ability to maintain unwavering focus translates well into highly detailed projects like software development or technology deployments.
3. Resourcefulness and adaptability
Veterans bring adaptability and resourcefulness to tech startups. Military training instills the ability to think fast, make swift decisions under immense stress and pivot in rapidly changing environments. Remaining composed under pressure and inspiring others to do the same is a core skill. In the ever-changing tech landscape, veterans excel by finding innovative solutions and adapting to evolving circumstances.