Job Role: Analyst
Department: Training & Quality Management
Military Branch: Marines
Explain a little bit about your career at NRECA. What is the core function of your current role and how does it support the mission of the organization?
I started at NRECA as an intern in May of 2016. After completing my internship, I stayed on part time working in the Retirement Plans Operation (RPO) group. I completed my degree and was hired full time in February of 2017. In my current role, I use data analytics to create production stats and production models. We also conduct Business Process Express to support the various teams in the RPO group. I support the mission of the organization by providing support to management in developing high standards of performance and creating an environment of cost-effectiveness and accountability.
How did you get here? How has your background in the military influenced your career choices and your career path?
Getting to NRECA was by chance—and a very lucky situation for me. I was attending a job fair and happened to make eye contact with Carmen Wiles (HR Business Partner). She told me about the internship opportunity and explained the co-op model to me. The values you learn from the military closely align with those of the co-ops. Knowledge of those shared values influenced my career choice and path.
How did you become interested in your area of expertise?
I have always been interested in numbers and my major was accounting. Also, with the emphasis on big data in today’s world, I believed data analysis would be a great skill to learn and improve on.
Aside from your daily work, what appeals to you about NRECA as an organization?
I like the work NRECA does in the local communities and abroad to provide support and improvement to people lives.
What inspires you?
My parents inspire me. They immigrated to United States from Laos in their early twenties and have worked hard their whole life to provide for my siblings, giving us opportunities we would have never had otherwise.
What does it mean to you to be working in your current field?
I really appreciate—and feel very blessed—to be doing the work I do and I am glad to be a part of an organization that does so much for people.
If you could give one piece of career advice to someone who is transitioning out of the military, what would it be?
Put the work in and go out and get it! Nobody will give it to you, but people will support and help you along the way when they see you working for it.