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Emory Veterans by the Numbers


Position at Emory: Project Manager II, Library and Information Technology Services

Photo of Trisha WilsonPosition in the military: Communication and Information Officer

Trisha served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, where she was stationed in different places stateside, including the Pentagon. Her overseas assignments included, Stuttgart, Germany and Seoul, South Korea. She started her military career as a software developer. Other roles included computer desktop management in support of an AF/Army's surveillance and reconnaissance plane, teaching various subjects at a junior officer leadership school, managing communication efforts at headquarters level, performing project management by helping to lead the move of the central command and communications center for the National Command Authority in the Pentagon to a new location, and performing project management for experimental efforts at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

After retiring from the USAF, Trisha took a nine-month sabbatical. During that time, she earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. She says, "As soon as I added it to my resume, I started getting serious job offers. Emory was the one I chose. After three interviews, I was hired as a PM II. In my current position, I coordinate, plan, support and execute enterprise-wide Emory IT projects by ensuring quality, timeliness, budget compliance and customer satisfaction. I also perform research to improve/refine skills and identify trends/best practices for improving Project Management Office (PMO) performance."

She adds, "The skills I learned in the military definitely prepared me for this job. Knowing software and hardware easily translated to what I work on today. Teaching helped to hone my writing and presentation efforts. Exposure to different types of technology and vendors was also helpful. Ultimately, being prepared/flexible, doing research, and making decisions are all military lessons learned that have served me well at Emory."

Trisha's Advice: "Get adept at translating military speak to civilian speak. Read the job descriptions and do research to accurately translate what you did in the military to how you can add value to the University. Realize what your right job looks like. What do you admire? What kind of hours are best for you? How do your skills match with Emory's mission and goals? (I recommend StrengthsFinder by Tom Rath). What work/life balance are you trying to attain? Bottom line, decide what is most important for you, research options, and build a case for how your skills/knowledge can add to the value of your desired end state, a job at Emory."


photo of Andrew WestPosition at Emory: Emory Center Administrator, Sr., School of Medicine, Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Position in the military: Gunnery Sergeant, Logistics Chief, CLR-45 (Combat Logistics Regiment), Marietta, GA, USMCR

Andrew just completed his 14th satisfactory year in the Marine Corps Reserve. He was activated in 2003 for six months with 3rd Marine Air Wing, Miramar, CA as an embarkation NCO and was activated from August 2013 through June 2014 for a tour at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan as a mobility chief with a logistics unit. He also completed training in Estonia, Hawaii, and numerous locations throughout the continental US. 

He says, "Because Emory is a large organization, it is in some ways similar to the military. Developing relationships helps and certainly delivering on what you promise is important. Also, similar to the military, Emory is constantly undergoing change so being flexible and able to adjust on the fly helps."

Andrew's advice: "Emory is a great employer but it’s also very demanding so if you are looking for an employer where you can just skate by, then look elsewhere. A lot will be expected from you especially as resources become tighter. Similar to the trust placed with the military to use taxpayer resources as efficiently as possible, Emory employees also have an inherent fiduciary responsibility to use the scarce resources entrusted us carefully and efficiently. Effective communication skills are a must – you have to be able to write and speak clearly and effectively to be taken seriously."