“As an officer, I had the opportunity to be a company commander twice, and you really have an opportunity to affect people’s lives, help them get to college, and get the next job assignment they want. The military does a really fine job preparing you for exiting and they give you a great skill set. But there are some gaps in there, and those gaps are filled by ACP. I was in the transition process when I learned about ACP, and I was attached with a phenomenal mentor who took my resume (which I had my chest poked-out about) and he poked holes in it. The ability to learn to speak ‘Corporate America’ coming from the military was huge. It filled that gap and really helped me in the interviews I had after the mentorship program.”
For Scott, the work being done by organizations like American Corporate Partners and the mentors who participate in their programs is extremely important.
“You know, there’s a significant fear coming out of the military, because look, you go from getting a guaranteed paycheck to the concern of coming out and not being able to provide for your family. And it’s not a fear that you can’t do the job, it’s just a fear of not being able to confidently have a conversation with someone. And it’s our responsibility to those that have served honorably to give them that additional hand – to reach out to them and help them and say, look, I’m going to help you.”
Despite the challenges of transitioning from the military to corporate life, Scott is a firm believer in the unique advantages and benefits there are to having served when it comes to performance in the corporate world.
“There are hundreds of thousands of military Veterans leaving the service every year, and it’s an amazing pipeline to build loyal, wonderful employees with integrity that are going to be really hard working for you. In the military, you learn to believe in yourself, and that there’s really no mountain you can’t climb. So, in a lot of instances, you have folks with a great work ethic that are also very process driven. In corporate America, 95% of the things that we do have a process to get you from A to Z, it’s that’s something that is so indoctrinated into a service member.”
As he reflects on the rewarding experience of being a military mentor through ACP, Scott encourages others to get involved and do their part to support.
“If you can spare an hour a week, and want to know that you’re making a difference, I encourage you to get involved. With a program like the American Corporate Partners, it is a really good feeling when your mentee says, ‘I’ve got the interview and they offered me the job.’ It’s almost like having your kid getting accepted to college. It’s just a really great feeling that is at no cost to you except your time.”
To learn more about how Aramark fosters inclusion and opportunity for military-connected talent, check out Scott’s video interview in this post or visit our Salute Employee Resource Group page!