Name: Daniel Carroll
Job Title: Director of Technology
Career Field: Computer Science (IT)
Company: Grunt Style LLC
Military Branch: USMC
Military Occupation: 0351 Infantry Assaultman
How did your military background help your career so far? Did it make anything more difficult?
The Marines taught me about discipline and hard work. Without the drive and motivation imparted from senior Marines, I would never have acquired the skills necessary to be successful in the formal education and career paths that followed my service.
What advice or steps would you recommend for veterans preparing to enter your career field?
Be wary of coding bootcamps and certifications that are not standard or accepted throughout the industry. Work hard and study in and outside of school. Code in your free time as much as you can and never stop acquiring new talents. Keeping up with current trends and continuing education is necessary to remain relevant.
What do you enjoy the most about your career field?
The ability to work remotely, the culture of the tech field, and the mental exercise of constantly solving problems are my favorite parts. Additionally, being able to create a tool or logic to do advanced computations or complication procedures just by writing some lines of code to a computer is always fascinating to me.
What do you like least about your career field?
There are long hours and much of it is spent sitting at a computer screen. Not much physical activity involved.
What skills, abilities, and personal attributes are essential to success in this career field?
Math, organization, self-motivated to learn.
How do most people get into this career field (internships, networking, etc.)? What are common entry-level jobs?
The easiest path to a job is either a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year university or being self-taught and aggressively approaching Open Source or volunteer work to build a portfolio.
How did you find and apply for this job role (career fair, networking contact, online application, etc.)?
I found out about the position through my military background (the company is veteran owned and operated) and I had just finished college for Computer Science as they were looking for someone to come in and run their IT department and E-Commerce technology.
What made you stand out as a candidate for this job role?
Military service, College education, Relevant experience, Communication Skills
What kind of education, training or experiences does your job role require?
College is probably the easiest route but certain individuals with great self-motivation are capable of being self-taught and successful.
What are the major components of your job role on a daily basis?
Writing computer code, managing staff, architecting technology solutions for problems, creating roadmaps and expectations for the future, setting and enforcing company policies and procedures etc.
What do you like about your industry?
The IT field is well paying, mentally challenging, and every other industry relies on technology professionals. I can continue to be a Software Engineer at a science lab, for websites, and companies like Google or Apple, in warehouses and machine shops, in the space or automotive industries, etc. Any industry needs IT professionals, so you can tailor your work environment around your interests.
How do you see your industry changing in the next 10 years?
Technology is changing every day at a rapid rate. In 10 years more and more of our lives and tasks will become automated by technology. Our society’s reliance on Technology is ever growing, so the demand for skilled workers will continue to rise. I would say it’s probably one of the safest fields to be getting into in terms of job security.