Are you looking to transition from the military into technology? You can bring your unique training, drive, and discipline directly into the tech industry even if you’ve never written a single line of code. Being in tech is not just about coding – it’s also about bringing people and technology together.
Technology innovators are creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, as well as making everyday life better. Tech firms have been making strides in many areas, but they’ve been intensely focused on product development—quite often at the expense of business development.
There is a massive need for smart, driven people who have the skills and experience to help innovators get their products into the hands of customers. And the demand for trained, skilled entrepreneurial sales and business development professionals is only going to continue to grow. It’s the perfect complement to what tech founders learn, and it’s a skill set that requires a different type of intelligence than coding does.
This situation presents an opportunity to veterans looking to transition into a technology company.
David Stewart, a former Navy Corpsman and currently an officer in the Air Guard, transitioned into tech by enrolling at GrowthX Academy, a classroom and project-based program in Silicon Valley that helps smart, driven, creative thinkers gain real startup experience and transition into new careers. After nearly 18 years of military service. David chose GrowthX Academy after leading a team in creating a career ladder for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners at his hospital. For David, “after a 12-hour day in clinic as a Physician Assistant, the extra three hours on my own time that I was working on rolling out that program—I found that to be even more rewarding than my clinical work. Not to diminish that work, but the positive effects that I felt were greater when we were building the program. At that moment, I realized that I needed to take a different direction.”
That different direction brought David to GrowthX Academy, which he sees as a continuation of his service work. “I am learning so much, extending and expanding—finding a different purpose for what I’m going to do in the future. It’s a different form of leadership.”
Speaking of his experience as a Marine who transitioned into tech and ultimately founded the company that became Match.com and as co-founder of GrowthX Academy, Will Bunker knows that “sometimes making the transition from service can seem like a thousand mile slog.”
“We want to make a clear path that vets can follow to transition from protecting their country to growing their country.”
Programs like GrowthX Academy can help you harness your elite military training and experience, and focus it on breaking into the tech sector, while also tapping into our extensive network, which already includes veterans.