We are excited to launch the Cameron-Brooks Podcast. For almost 50 years, the Cameron-Brooks Team has partnered with high performing military officers assisting them with transitioning to a successful business career. We have a continuing relationship with a vast majority of our Alumni. Some of our successful Alumni include the CFO of Twitter, Chief Marketing Officer of Tyson Foods, COO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, COO of RJ Reynolds, VP of Supply Chain at a Fortune 500 Medical Device Company, Executive Vice President of Logistics for Walmart Stores, Inc. to name just a few. The purpose of the Cameron-Brooks podcast is to draw best practices, lessons learned and career advice from our Alumni and other business partners to assist others in reaching their potential and goals. This podcast will help anyone who has a desire to grow both personally and professionally.
While the podcast will mostly be episodes of conversations with Cameron-Brooks Alumni, it will also include book reviews, career advice, interview tips and leadership lessons from Cameron-Brooks Team Members.
Episode 132 – Post-August 2021 Career Conference Review
Welcome back for a special episode! Rob Davis, Transition Coach, interviewed 5 recent alumni of the August 2021 Career Conference for our post-August 2021 Conference review webcast. At the time of the interview, all alumni guests had already accepted an offer for employment. We really enjoy doing this type of episode because it gives those who are planning to attend a future Career Conference (or those who are curious about the details of the conference) a "peek over the fence" to how exactly everything went down.
In this episode, Rob spends a few minutes sharing the "statistics of the Conference" - average number of interviews, pursuit rate, the companies who attended and the positions offered (see much more about this here). He also shares the interview schedule of a candidate from the Conference. Hearing the breadth of companies that just one officer interviewed with is very interesting. The variety of interviews coupled with the fact that no two officers had an identical schedule highlights that the career conference is personally tailored to fit the officer's needs and wants.
The alumni that Rob interviewed were from both the USMC and Army and different branches including Infantry, Signal, Intelligence, Aviation and Air Defense Artillery. He engaged them in the following lines of questions:
Your reason for partnering with Cameron-Brooks.
The biggest surprise from the Conference
The most beneficial thing you did to prepare for the interview.
Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?
How did you grow professionally through this process?
Then, the panel fielded questions from the live audience on topics such as:
What caught you off guard?
What is the follow up interview process like including "dinner interviews?"
What about remote work?
The transition timeline
Virtual vs. in-person interviews
How did you prepare?
What are you most excited about?
These episodes are so insightful because you get to hear perspectives from officers who just wrapped up their career search days before this webcast/podcast. I hope that their perspective gives more insight in your future transition.
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Episode 131 – Leadership Lessons from the C-Suite
Twenty years ago, Matt Beliveau transition from an Army Officer to a Human Resource Specialist at General Mills. Today, he is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Sarah Lee Frozen Bakery. To thank all of those who helped him along the way, Matt wrote the following post on LinkedIn. It is definitely worth 3 minutes of your time to read.
After reading his post, I reached out and invited Matt to be a guest on the podcast and share his leadership lessons. It was clear Matt knew that the transition from the military is more complex than just finding a "job" in the right location and having a paycheck. Additionally, to make it to the C-Suite level, he managed his career well, finding mentors and sponsors while taking a proactive approach.
In the podcast, Matt describes the complexity of the JMO to business leader transition that includes changing identity from military officer to civilian, learning a whole new functional role and finally a new company culture.
Being a CHRO, Matt has great perspective on work and sees a future that includes more work-life balance and a hybrid work environment, especially for those who work in office environments.
Matt also talks about how his military leadership allowed him to lead through the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020 and 2021. He likened it to being on deployment where success depended on being agile, caring about people and following through on commitments. All things top performing JMOs do well.
Finally, Matt share some great leadership lessons. Some of the best I have heard on the podcast. If you want to hear them, you just need to listen to the podcast!
Episode 130 – Economy Update from Chuck Alvarez
Welcome back to the Cameron-Brooks podcast! I am excited to bring this particular episode to you, because we have the pleasure of bringing back Chuck Alvarez, Cameron-Brooks CEO. Chuck has been with Cameron-Brooks for over 25 years, the last 9 of which has been at the head of the organization. He has personally helped over 2,500 JMOs move from the military to Corporate America, so he brings a wealth of insight and perspective to the conversation.
Back on January 4, 2021 our Senior Vice President, Joel Junker, interviewed Chuck - his first appearance on the Cameron-Brooks podcast. In that episode (114), Chuck looked back at the year that was 2020 (and the massive ups and downs that occurred) and looked forward to 2021. He took time to fully describe the word "transition" as it relates to the JMO and how valuable comparing multiple opportunities in an interview process can be to finding the right career. That episode spawned two more episodes on each of those topics - Episode 116: Defining the JMO Transition and Episode 118: The Power of Comparison. We have affectionately coined those three podcasts "The Trilogy" as they have helped so many people consider how to navigate a successful transition. If you haven't heard those yet, I'd encourage you to give those a listen, as well.
Here we are in August 2021 and we wanted to hear from Chuck about what he's seeing in the market and his thoughts on the state of the economy. He spends much of his time exploring the opportunities that companies bring to Cameron-Brooks and so he is getting a daily, first-hand account of what is happening in the economy.
"Is now the right time?" That is a question that I get from JMOs who are considering making the move to Corporate America. In this episode Chuck
takes that question head on. If you are on the fence about staying in or getting out, this episode is for you. I think you'll find Chuck's advice timely, insightful and ultimately helpful in making a decision (regardless of the direction you ultimately take.)
If you are interested in exploring your options with Cameron-Brooks and curious about how to make a successful transition, I encourage you to check out our website and YouTube Channel and follow us on LinkedIn.
Episode 129 – Feel Like You’re in A Professional Plateau? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions.
Stuck in a rut? Feel like you are on a professional plateau and not sure where you are going? Wonder if you are "traveling" on the right personal or professional path? Do you have clarity on your goals?
If you have or are asking yourself these questions, good. That means you are human and you want grow and develop. I mean, if you didn't have these questions, you would probably be okay with the rut and plateau.
I am an overachieve and never satisfied with the status quo. There are pros and cons to this mindset, but for now, I will stick to the pros. I ask myself these questions all the time and I recently found a model to help me answer them. I wrote about this model during my recent Career Tip "3 Simple Questions to Spur Personal and Professional Growth".
Getting clarity on your goals, finding the right path to get there and identifying what must be done to accomplish your goals starts with asking yourself a question, "What does success look like for me?" This is a general question of course. You need to specify it to whatever area you want to work on. For example, for me, "What do role do I want to have at Cameron-Brooks in 5 years?" Or, "What do I want my relationship with my children to be like when they are grown and out of the of house in 5 years?" I asked myself those questions, and then I did an exercise called Preferred Futuring where I wrote in my journal my vision for each of those areas. You can do this exercise for any domain of your personal or professional life.
Now that you have clarity on what you want, you need to take stock on where you are and what you need to do to get there. I recommend asking yourself, "Where am I now?" Then, "What do I need to start doing and/or stop going to get to where I want to go?"
There are more questions I recommend during the podcast, but those are the main one to ask if you feel like you're in a professional plateau.
I also reference a couple of sources in the podcast that I want to give credit to: Chris Perry at Market Sense, Inc. Sandler Training, Michael Bungay Stanier (aka MBS) author of The Coaching Habit and The Advice Trap, and Caroline Webb author of How to Have a Good Day.
Episode 128 – So You’re Thinking About Making a Transition. Now What?
So, you're thinking about making a transition. But where do you start? Which strategies should you focus on first?
We live in the information age. Every generation after us will have more information and faster access than ever before. Which also means the amount of information out there can be overwhelming. Imagine walking into the Library of Congress. You have over 170 million items to choose
from, if you so please. Now imagine there was no librarian or digital categorization or even a card catalog. You'd have to search 170 million different items to find what you wanted. Yikes.
I imagine this is how it feels for military officers who are thinking about making a transition and don't quite know where to start. Often I hear, "researching new industries/career fields/job listings is confusing and, honestly, overwhelming" from officers.
We'd suggest embracing these four mindsets to help you get started and, ultimately, succeed in reaching your goals.
MINDSET #1: Be curious. Ask questions. If you were lost a needed directions, you'd be one question away from being pointed in the correct route. The same goes for researching transition options. Talking to people who are familiar with the process + have facilitated multiple transitions would be a wealth of knowledge for you. At Cameron-Brooks, we have a great team who would be happy to talk through different options with you.
MINDSET #2: Define what "transition" means to you. Sit down and ask yourself these three questions. After you reflect on what making a successful transition (short-term & long-term) looks like for you, it'll help steer you in the right direction.
MINDSET #3: Avoid career false starts.
"My buddies got out and snagged the first thing they came across ... hoping it would work or just find a better fit down the line."
I've heard this a lot, too. What if I told you that you could love the first job you had after the military? We've found that one of the most productive ways to find a career you love is to interview for a broad range of opportunities. Our candidates typically average ~12 interviews at a conference, across a variety of industries and career fields. Comparing these options side-by-side does wonders! And who doesn't love options?
MINDSET #4: Find a sherpa. Once you figure out which direction you want to take your career, find someone who can lead you through it. There are people who have walked the trail before you (and some many, many times). Utilize these "sherpas"!
We hope you enjoy the podcast episode as we break each one of these down. If you'd like to download our (free) PDF on the 4 Mindsets, click HERE.
If you are interested in exploring your options with Cameron-Brooks and curious about how to make a successful transition, I encourage you to check out our website, YouTube Channel, follow us on LinkedIn
Episode 127 – Is The Economy Back?
So, here we are - July 2021. Is the economy back? Well, there are probably way too many factors at play to truly allow that to be a binary YES or NO, BUT at the Cameron-Brooks June 2021 Career Conference, the average number of interviews per JMO was 13. You read that right. The average number of interviews that officers had was 13 interviews with industry-leading companies who attended the Conference with actual open positions that they plan to fill with non-traditional leadership talent (aka JMOs).
One of the hardest things JMOs have to do once they make a decision to leave active duty military is navigating the treacherous waters of the application and interview process. In this episode, we hear from 4 Cameron-Brooks alumni who attended that Conference and successfully navigated those waters. The intention of this episode is to give you a "peek behind the curtain" in terms of WHAT they saw, HOW they made decisions, and WHY they chose or did certain things.
I guide the conversation and we hit on a few key topics like:
The biggest surprise at the Conference?
What did you do really well before the Conference that helped you at the Conference?
If you could change one thing about what you were thinking before the Conference, what would that be?
What do you wish you would have done differently knowing what you know now?
What is the biggest thing you learned at the Conference?
The Conference can be transformational in some ways - how did you grow or get better in such a short amount of time?
Favorite interview and why?
Give this podcast a listen and answer this question for yourself "Is the economy back?"
What do you think?
Rachel Wolfe: Army Engineer Captain. USMA, BS Geospatial Information Science
Jon Saddler: Air Force Space Operations Captain. University of Delaware, BS Chemistry.
Steve Burke: USMC Logistics Captain. USNA, BS Systems Engineering.
Cliff Crofford: Army Aviation Captain. USMA, BS Mechanical Engineering.
If you are interested in exploring your options with Cameron-Brooks and curious about how to make a successful transition, I encourage you to also check out our website, YouTube Channel , follow us on LinkedIn and can listen to our podcast here.
Great professional development
Love hearing from these experts on transition strategy, mainly because their advice can be used for every interview and human interaction for the rest of my life. Keep making great content!
There are so many life lessons and tips on self development and personal growth! I truly enjoy each podcast and the success stories!
As a future transitioning JMO, it's fun to hear the experiences and advice of folks who have been in my shoes.