Name: Phil Robinson
Job Title: Program Manager
Career Field: Program Office
Company: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Military Branch: USAF
Military Occupation: Avionics (Com/Nav & EW)
How did your military background help your career so far?
Experience opened the door to Field Engineering. Technical skill set and education opened up logistics. All experiences combined over time led to Program Management.
What does a typical day consist of in your job role?
Managing programs, working with the teams, and working with customers.
How did you find and apply for this job role?
What kind of education, training or experiences does your job role require?
Degree with x years experience
What advice or steps would you recommend for veterans preparing to enter your career field?
Enjoy what you do so you can look forward to going in each day.
What do you enjoy the most about your career field?
The challenges, successes, working with teams, suppliers & customers, and providing an awesome product.
What do you like least about your career field?
People who are in it for themselves and not for the greater cause.
What skills and personal attributes are essential to success in this career field?
Communications, passion, and positive attitude.
Is there something you wish you’d known or a skill you wish you’d had starting out in this career field?
No, each day I learn something new. That is what keeps the work interesting.
How do most people get into this career field?
Developing through your career, do your best no matter what the task, and becoming a leader
What are common entry-level jobs?
Engineering, Logistics, Business Management (all areas can grow and move into Program Management)
What do you like about your industry?
It is part of something bigger than an individual and it provides for our freedom we enjoy.
How do you see your industry changing in the next 10 years?
It will continue to develop products and services that will ensure our freedom.