From Engineering Aide to Entrepreneur: How US Navy Skills Fueled My Success

Being an Engineering Aide in the US Navy is a demanding and challenging job, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. It provides an opportunity to learn new skills, gain experience and knowledge, and hone the discipline and determination that can serve as the foundation for a successful career. In my case, my time in the Navy was the perfect stepping stone to becoming an entrepreneur.

Basic training was filled with adrenaline and excitement, as well as the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals who had the same goal of serving their country. The camaraderie and teamwork built during those months was an experience that I will never forget. However, it was the advanced skills training that provided the foundation for my future success.

As an Engineering Aide, I learned how to operate, maintain and repair complex electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems. I learned about safety procedures, risk management, and project management. These skills would prove invaluable when I transitioned to becoming an entrepreneur.

One of the best aspects of being an Engineering Aide is that the skills learned are transferable to a variety of industries. When I decided to start my own business, I was confident that my military experience would help me succeed. I was right. I was able to bring the discipline and attention to detail I learned in the Navy to my new venture, as well as my ability to work with a team and lead by example.

Here are the top 5 skills I learned in the Navy and how I used them to become a successful entrepreneur:

  1. Attention to detail: As an Engineering Aide, I was required to inspect and maintain complex systems to ensure they were functioning at the highest level. This attention to detail carried over to my business, where I always aim to deliver the highest quality products and services to my customers.

  2. Project management: During my time in the Navy, I learned how to manage projects from start to finish. I was responsible for planning, scheduling, and coordinating tasks, as well as ensuring all tasks were completed on time and within budget. These skills proved invaluable in my new business, where I have been able to successfully manage projects and ensure they are completed on time.

  3. Risk management: In the Navy, I was trained to identify and manage risks, both in the workplace and in the field. This training has allowed me to manage risk more effectively in my business, reducing the likelihood of failure and maximizing the potential for success.

  4. Teamwork: The Navy taught me the value of teamwork and how to work with others to achieve a common goal. In my business, I have been able to apply this skill by working closely with my team to create a positive, collaborative work environment.

  5. Leadership: My time in the Navy taught me how to lead by example and inspire others to do their best. In my business, I have been able to use these skills to create a positive and motivated team, leading to greater success and growth.

Finally, I would like to encourage all Veterans to sign up with Veterans First Watch. This organization provides support, resources, and training for Veterans who are looking to start their own businesses. I can attest to the positive impact this organization has had on my own success, and I am grateful for the support they have provided.

In conclusion, my time in the Navy as an Engineering Aide provided me with the foundation I needed to become a successful entrepreneur. The skills I learned, including attention to detail, project management, risk management, teamwork, and leadership, have been invaluable in my new venture.