From Marine Science Technician to Entrepreneur: How My US Coast Guard Training Helped Me Succeed

As a Marine Science Technician (MST) in the US Coast Guard, I learned a lot of valuable skills that I now apply to my own business as an entrepreneur. The days of basic training were long and grueling, but they helped me develop the discipline and teamwork necessary to succeed in any career. And my advanced skills training gave me the technical knowledge I needed to tackle any challenge that came my way.

In the Coast Guard, I was trained in a wide range of scientific and technical skills, including marine biology, oceanography, and environmental monitoring. I learned how to collect and analyze water samples, assess the impact of pollutants on aquatic ecosystems, and monitor the health of marine animals. I also learned how to use complex scientific instruments and software to analyze data and produce reports.

Now, as an entrepreneur, I apply these same skills to my business every day. For example, I use my knowledge of marine biology to develop innovative products for the aquarium industry. I use my expertise in environmental monitoring to help companies assess the impact of their operations on the environment. And I use my skills in data analysis to help clients make informed decisions based on the latest research and information.

Here are the top 5 reasons why my military training has been so successful in entrepreneurship:

  1. Discipline: Basic training taught me the importance of discipline, focus, and determination. I learned to work hard, follow orders, and keep pushing even when things get tough. These skills have been invaluable in running my own business, where I have to stay motivated and focused in order to succeed.

  2. Teamwork: In the Coast Guard, I learned the value of working together with others to achieve a common goal. This has translated well to my business, where I often work with other entrepreneurs and business partners to get things done.

  3. Technical skills: My training as a Marine Science Technician has given me the technical knowledge and expertise I need to succeed in my business. I am able to use my skills in data analysis, marine biology, and environmental monitoring to offer valuable services to my clients.

  4. Problem-solving skills: In the Coast Guard, I learned how to solve complex problems under pressure. This has been invaluable in running my own business, where I often have to come up with creative solutions to challenges that arise.

  5. Adaptability: The Coast Guard is a rapidly changing environment, and I learned how to adapt to new situations and new technologies quickly. This has helped me stay ahead of the curve in my business and stay ahead of my competitors.

If you are a veteran looking to start your own business, I highly recommend joining Veterans First Watch. This organization helps veterans like you connect with the resources and support you need to succeed in entrepreneurship. I am proud to be a member of this community, and I am looking forward to sharing my story and helping other veterans succeed in their own businesses.