Local veterans make transition to civilian workforce

On a mission


By Paul Schott

Military veterans’ mission changes when they move to the civilian workforce; but sometimes their strategy remains the same.

As they reflect on their service in the armed forces ahead of Veterans Day, many local veterans said the experience and skills that they gained as service members motivate and inform their assignments in the civilian workforce. And many public and nonprofit programs help veterans tap into their potential to advance their careers — a shared undertaking that is extensive, but not yet complete in its reach.

“The notion of having to interact with a lot of different people, from a lot of different backgrounds, at a lot of different levels — from the lowest private to the highest general — that’s similar to working here,” said Dan Rodriguez, a senior risk manager at Point72 Asset Management, who rose to the rank of captain and served in the first Gulf War during an eight-year Army career. “You have perspective.”

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