Chuck Hodges

Senior Director for Events and Programs

Hiring Our Heroes

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“I synchronize multiple types of events, summits and expos across the country and in Europe.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Senior Director for Events and Programs

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My work allows me to combine the foundation of TEACHING / MENTORING and the interests of EDUCATION and DESIGN.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

I'm coordinating events, talking to companies about the value propositions of hiring veterans, and talking to service members and their families about the skill sets and tools they'll need for the job search. Every day differs, but everything revolves around the goal of getting opportunities for service members so that they can continue to serve even outside of their uniforms.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

From day one in the military, you're trained to coach, teach, and mentor your subordinates. A lot of that translated quite nicely into my current position; the only difference is that instead of teaching these guys how they can advance their military career, I'm teaching them how to best advance their civilian careers. Military folks often undersell themselves when they're applying to jobs, when really, we have all the training needed to run major operations.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Senior Director for Events and Programs

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Political Science and Government, General
  • Graduate - Education, General
  • Graduate - Public Communications
  • Graduate - Military Strategic Studies

What I studied STRONGLY RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - University of Central Florida, Political Science and Government, General
  • Graduate - University of Central Florida, Education, General
  • Graduate - American University, Public Communications
  • Graduate - United States Army War College, Military Strategic Studies

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN TRANSITION TO A NEW CAREER

The most important thing you can do is identify what you want to do. One thing that most military members have in common is that we have a commitment to service embedded into our personalities, whether that's serving a company, or serving our nation, or serving our fellow Americans. So find opportunities to give back, whether it's in your job or in volunteer opportunities outside of work, and you'll start getting down to the heart of what you want to do with your life.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY PARENTS

“You don't have the corporate experience we're looking for.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

When I moved schools in high school, my dad got me ready for the possibility that I might not make the new football team; I was going to a much bigger school, and he wanted me to be prepared. Rather than being discouraged, I took that as a challenge to work my butt off and make the team. Years later, when my first job application was rejected because I didn't have "corporate experience," I thought, "By god, I'm going to show these guys," and I took it as motivation to go out and do great things.

Service Background and Insight

What branch of the military did you serve in?

Army

When did you complete active military service (ETS)? Please specify the year (YYYY).

2015

What is the highest rank you reached while in the service?

O-6

What are some tips you would recommend for someone transitioning into civilian life?

Find out what your passion is and what you want to do, identify where you want to do that, and identify what you want to make. If you can get all three to align in one job, that's great. Stay open; don't limit your sights to one job or one company.

As many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war. Have you experienced PTSD, combat stress, or TBI as a result of your service?

TBI

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