From Construction Electrician to Entrepreneur: How My Military Skills Paved the Way for Success

As a former Construction Electrician in the US Navy, I have a wealth of skills and experiences that have helped me transition into entrepreneurship. Basic training was filled with rigorous physical and mental challenges that taught me discipline, teamwork, and perseverance. But it was my advanced skills training as a Construction Electrician that really prepared me for a successful career as an entrepreneur.

In the Navy, I learned how to install and maintain electrical systems on ships and in buildings. I learned how to read blueprints, use specialized tools, and perform electrical calculations. These were all essential skills that I could easily transfer to my own business as a contractor.

In addition to my technical skills, the Navy taught me leadership and management skills that have been invaluable in running my own business. I learned how to plan and execute projects, delegate tasks, and solve problems quickly and effectively. I also learned how to communicate clearly and build strong relationships with clients and team members.

Here are the top 5 skills I learned in the Navy and how I use them in my entrepreneurial endeavors:

  1. Attention to detail - I learned to pay close attention to the smallest details, which has helped me to ensure that every aspect of my projects is done correctly and to the highest standards.

  2. Adaptability - The military taught me to adapt to new situations quickly and effectively, which has been especially helpful in my business as I often encounter unexpected challenges.

  3. Time management - I learned how to manage my time efficiently and prioritize my tasks to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.

  4. Teamwork - The military instilled in me the importance of teamwork and collaboration, which has been crucial in building and leading a successful team in my business.

  5. Communication - I developed excellent communication skills, which have allowed me to clearly communicate with clients and team members, leading to better understanding and more successful projects.

In conclusion, my experience as a Construction Electrician in the US Navy has been instrumental in helping me become a successful entrepreneur. I am now thriving as a contractor and have signed up with Veterans First Watch, a program that provides resources and support for veteran-owned businesses. I am grateful for my time in the military and the skills it has given me, and I am confident that I will continue to succeed in my entrepreneurial endeavors.