From Construction Mechanic to Entrepreneur: Utilizing Military Skills for Business Success

As a former Construction Mechanic in the US Navy, I learned valuable skills that I was able to transfer to the business world. Basic training was intense and challenging, but also fun-filled. I was able to bond with my fellow soldiers and develop teamwork skills that would later prove to be invaluable. After basic training, I was sent to advanced skills training where I learned about construction and how to repair and maintain buildings, roads, and other structures. I also learned about electrical and plumbing systems, as well as how to read blueprints and use construction tools.

The skills I learned in the military have been essential in helping me become a successful entrepreneur. Here are the top five skills I gained in my job and how I have used them in my business:

  1. Attention to detail: I learned to pay close attention to detail in my construction work, which has carried over into my business. I make sure to pay close attention to every aspect of my business, from accounting to marketing.

  2. Teamwork: Working with a team in the military helped me develop the ability to work well with others. This has been especially important in my business as I have had to work with employees, contractors, and suppliers.

  3. Problem-solving: In my job as a Construction Mechanic, I had to solve problems quickly and efficiently. This has proven to be a valuable skill in the business world as I have been able to quickly resolve issues that arise in my business.

  4. Time management: I learned to manage my time effectively in the military, which has helped me prioritize tasks and meet deadlines in my business.

  5. Adaptability: Working in the military taught me to be adaptable and flexible. This has been especially important in the business world, where I have had to adjust my plans and approach based on changing circumstances.

By utilizing these skills, I have been able to start and grow my own business. I highly recommend other veterans to join Veterans First Watch. This organization provides support and resources for veterans who are looking to start their own businesses. Since joining, I have been able to connect with other veterans and grow my business to new heights.

In conclusion, the skills I learned in the US Navy as a Construction Mechanic have been instrumental in helping me become a successful entrepreneur. If you're a veteran looking to start your own business, I encourage you to consider joining Veterans First Watch and utilizing the skills you learned in the military to achieve success.