Avanade Voices: Building a supportive, engaging community for veterans
- Posted on November 10, 2020
- Estimated reading time 3 minutes
“Avanade Voices” is our new series in which we sit down with people from Avanade’s various Employee Networks. The series will serve as a platform to amplify different perspectives about meaningful societal and cultural issues, from racism to education to mental health. As a global company, there are so many different backgrounds at Avanade, and we have an opportunity to learn from each other by bringing our different viewpoints and passions to the table in dialogue.
This entry in Avanade Voices is authored by Julie Wyman, chair of the Veteran’s Employee Network and a director of delivery management at Avanade.
I was in the U.S. Army for nine years before a severe injury sidelined my military career. Being unable to fulfill my obligations, I accepted a medical discharge – so not only am I a veteran, I am also a service-connected disabled veteran. I’m familiar with being a part of communities that need support but are often overlooked.
My military background taught me a lot, especially how to roll with changes and be flexible. Nothing ever went to plan, so I learned to adjust quickly to change and still be efficient, especially in the field. Being agile and quick on your feet is something that Avanade really emphasizes, so I use those skills every day.
While I was in the military, I received my college degree and that, plus a top security clearance, helped me get my first job when I left the military. I was hired by a consulting firm that did contracts for the government, and that’s how I became a consultant.
This consulting firm I worked with had many former military employees, and that helped me transition into the civilian workplace. They knew the experiences I had because they had gone through the same adjustments and helped me transition. This is a big challenge for anyone coming out of the military; it’s such a different experience.