For those transitioning from military careers into civilian ones, their professional identities are expanding to encompass an array of attributes and skill sets that may be more nuanced than the average worker’s. But whatever a veteran’s chosen career path may be, having a military background informs and gives them that much more of an advantage in their new undertaking. That’s what Marleachia McJunkins believes.
A common challenge for veterans, she explained, is being overlooked for management positions due to having “little to no civilian management experience;” yet at the same time, these companies will pass over vets for entry-level positions, too, on the grounds that they have “too much life experience.” Conroy added that it can take a “unique company” to recognize the equally unique value and skill sets that veterans bring to the table — and that’s exactly what she came to find at Charles Schwab.
"Finding this role at Schwab through the Military Spouses Employment Partnership means a lot to me. I get to continue to grow my career with my husband's new station."
“I get satisfaction out of what I’m doing every day. I feel accomplished when I go home. And I feel like I’ve done something that mattered.”
“We are all working toward the same goals of serving clients. And each location has such a commitment to the community and volunteer efforts. I’m a volunteer at heart. It’s what first attracted me to Schwab.”
"One of the reasons I chose Schwab is because of the military benefits. The firm offers differential pay for those in the military who get called to serve. That was a huge benefit for me and my family when I was called up this year."
“I was a Schwab client for about ten years before I came to work here. Every time I called in, I was treated like I was the most important call of the day. I was impressed then and I’m still impressed now. “
“I’ve been part of Schwab Volunteer Week (SVW) from the beginning,” says Paramjeet Anand, a software applications engineer based at Schwab Headquarters in San Francisco. “When the first event was announced, I was one of the first to say I was interested and get selected to participate.”
Paramjeet has been with the firm for more than 18 years and engaged in SVW for each of the last 15. His passion for volunteering began as a child in his home country of India where his mother taught him about giving back to his community early on.
"When one can align what they are most passionate about with a job they love, find work/life balance and have a corporation behind you every step of the way, this is without a doubt the place where I belong."
“Schwab is about caring for people. It’s not just about finances here. We have a heart. A big heart.”