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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.

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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 97 – How Cameron-Brooks Helps Dual Military Couples Transition to Business

    Episode 97 – How Cameron-Brooks Helps Dual Military Couples Transition to Business

    Junior Military Officers (JMOs) face numerous obstacles in making a successful transition to business.  They are switching industries (defense to business), companies (Navy, Army, Air Force, etc., to a new company), career fields (unless they are going to a defense contractor or government agency) and locations.  They have to identify companies and positions that value their background, ensure they have openings that sync up with their timelines, line up interviews and hopefully get offers they can evaluate simultaneously.



    Now, imagine two people doing this simultaneously with the goal of landing a leadership development position with a leading company (in the same city)! This is exactly what dual career military couples making the transition to business have to do.  It is not just twice as complex as a JMO, it is 10 times more complex! It is so complex, in fact, most dual military couples use one of the following two strategies to decrease complexity; however, this can inevitably degrade the quality of their search and number of career choices.



    Option 1: One of the officers transitions out and finds a position while the other sequences timing to be a bit later and then conducts a job search.  The downside? Usually they are geographically separated for a period of time and the trailing spouse has to do a location specific search which can significantly limit career options.   The trailing spouse does not get to fully explore their business career marketability.



    Option 2: The couple searches at the same time but without a career search partner that helps them align their options and strategies.  The likelihood of both officers getting offers at the same time and in the same location is very low.  Most likely, one partner will receive an offer while the other is still searching. Or, they run into having to consider offers in different locations.  This causes one or both partners to turn down offers and limit their search to a specific location.  Also, sometimes because they cannot get all of their options lined up at the same time, one or both make significant compromises that degrades the quality of the search.



    Yet, there is an Options 3: Partner with Cameron-Brooks.  When we partner with dual military couples, we get to know them individually to help their transition to business.  We then match them individually to our client companies based on their unique background and interests.  However, unlike Option 2, we match them with their spouse's/significant other's matches in mind.  We look to create location and company overlaps in their initial interview options.  During the follow-up interview process, we work closely with the couple and their companies. We help them develop strategies to get offers on the table simultaneously so they can make decisions together. Honestly, I have never heard of another resource able to create a successful military couple transition to business strategy other than Cameron-Brooks.



    It is important to point out that for Option 3 to work, both candidates have to have strong marketability for business and great attitudes about interviewing broadly geographically and career field wise. This creates as many options as possible.  With that, I want to introduce my recent podcast guests, Marquette and Luke Leveque.  They are USNA 2010 graduates and former Navy Submarine Officers.  In fact, Marquette was one of the first female Navy Submarine Officers.  They made the transition from the Navy to Engineering Management positions with Boston Scientific in April 2018.  In fact, they are at the same facility and their children attend daycare there as well!



    In this podcast, Marquette and Luke share how as a couple they partnered with Cameron-Brooks to land great careers with Boston Scientific in Minnesota.



    We also had an impressive couple at our April 2020 Conference,

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    Episode 96 – How to Survive a Layoff

    Episode 96 – How to Survive a Layoff

    Welcome back! In this episode, I'd like to introduce Nick Barlow. Nick is an Associate Product Manager at Zimmer Biomet. He is a former Army Finance officer who was branch detailed to the Armor branch for the first four years of his service as a commissioned officer. Nick was in the Cameron-Brooks Development and Preparation Program for 21 months in preparation for his transition to Corporate America. He was actually scheduled to attend an earlier Career Conference, but with the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, he felt the call to help and extended his service commitment in order to deploy for that mission. Interestingly enough, he went to work for Johnson & Johnson who, coincidentally, created a vaccine for Ebola. On the podcast, Nick shares his transition story and touches on how a company restructuring resulted in a layoff and, consequently, a new opportunity.

    A Great Start

    Nick started his career at DePuy Synthes, the orthopedic medical device company within Johnson & Johnson. He began his career in a marketing role and his primary responsibility was to manage the evidence campaign to demonstrate the efficacy of a specific line of implantable artificial hips. He specifically oversaw the creation, production and distribution of clinical evidence in the form of brochures, pamphlets and white papers. This marketing content helped orthopedic surgeons, payers including insurance companies and Group Purchasing Organizations (GPO), and patients better understand the use and efficacy of the products he represented.

    Transition

    In July 2019, DePuy Synthes went through a corporate restructuring where the company decided to increase the number of field-based team members and thus decrease the number of corporate employees. Nick's position was eliminated and he received a severance package. Before leaving the military, Nick said his biggest fear was losing his job. Within a month of the restructuring and layoff, Nick was hired in a similar position in a different company within the same industry. We talk through how these events unfolded and lessons learned. I think you'll find his experience interesting and encouraging. Enjoy!



    To learn more about turning your JMO leadership skills into a successful transition and business success with Cameron-Brooks, visit our website and check out PCS to Corporate America. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

    • 36 min
    Episode 95 – Want To Be Successful? Keys to Navigating Your Career

    Episode 95 – Want To Be Successful? Keys to Navigating Your Career

    Welcome back! On this episode of the Cameron-Brooks podcast I interview Jim Rhoden. Jim is a former Army Logistician who transitioned in 2015. He had 13 interviews at the Cameron-Brooks Career Conference and through the Conference and Follow Up Interview Process, he engaged in a total of 45  interviews which rendered 4 different offers for employment. Jim launched his career at Foster Farms as a plant manager. Foster Farms is the largest poultry producer in the western Unites States. On the podcast, Jim shares his keys to navigating your career and earning success.

    NAVIGATING YOUR CAREER

    As an Army officer, Jim had excellent operational experience. This allowed him to not only prove his fit in his interviews with Foster Farms, but also find much success in his first role. He was able to apply many of the leadership tools he gained in the Army, which allowed him to accelerate quickly. After a year and a half, Jim navigated his career from the production environment to the corporate headquarters where he received a promotion to Supply Planning Manager. In this role, he worked with manufacturing facilities to develop efficient production schedules and demand models to meet inventory requirements. In December, Jim was promoted to Contract Manufacturing Manager ! He now works with third party suppliers, as well as internal Foster Farms departments, to plan new products for his company.

    COMMITMENT TO GETTING BETTER

    While Jim was in the Army and preparing to transition, he had a high level of engagement in our Development and Preparation Program. He read all of the books on the Required Reading List and put in a ton of effort to ensure success at his Career Conference. Since starting at Foster Farms over four years ago, he has been promoted twice and has done a nice job taking control of his career. A resounding theme throughout the podcast is Jim has been successful at every stage of his career because he has never stopped learning and developing professionally. A few of the books that he found particularly helpful as he was starting new roles at Foster Farms include The First 90 Days and Getting to Yes.



    Jim is off to an incredible start in Corporate America and I think you'll really enjoy learning more about his path. To learn more about turning your JMO leadership skills into a successful transition and business success with Cameron-Brooks, visit our website and check out PCS to Corporate America. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

    • 34 min
    Episode 94 – Weathering the [COVID-19] Storm

    Episode 94 – Weathering the [COVID-19] Storm

    As we all navigate the turbulent waters of this COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to bring you insight from someone who has helped military officers transition through all types of economic ups and downs. Joel Junker began his career at Cameron-Brooks over 20 years ago. In all that time, Cameron-Brooks has never cancelled a Career Conference! Through the Dot-com bubble, 9/11, the financial crisis of 2008/2009, Joel has been there to help officers transition every step of the way. In this episode, he shares some key insights to weathering the COVID-19 storm.



    Companies Will Hire in Difficult Economic Times



    During the Financial Crisis of 2008/2009, Joel maintained a journal and kept asking the questions: Will we make it through this? Will companies continue to hire? Companies did, in fact, continue to hire through those tumultuous times, so the question remains - why do companies still continue to partner with and hire through Cameron-Brooks, even in the fiercest of economic headwinds?











    We know the officers with whom we partner. We know your strengths. Your weaknesses. Your life stories. Your military evaluations. Your resume. We know you personally and we partner with you.

    Companies trust us for two reasons. First, many of the hiring managers are Cameron-Brooks alumni. They know the type of JMO with whom we partner because they came from the same place. Second, many other hiring managers work with Cameron-Brooks alumni. They know that we partner with military officers who have good attitudes, are givers, work hard and are prepared to transition. They know that you will come to Corporate America and make it a better place.











    Make Decisions Based on Your Goals, Not Based On Fear



    We are always operating in a world of uncertainty. Sometimes that uncertainty is higher than other times but no one can predict the future and anything can happen. So, knowing companies do not stop hiring good leaders even in a rough economy, how can you mitigate risk to ensure a successful transition?











    Find a partner who can help you prepare and has a strong network. At Cameron-Brooks, we have over 50 years of experience helping military officers launch their business careers. Because of this, we have honed our process to a high level of precision and there are literally thousands of Cameron-Brooks alumni who want to hire more JMOs.

    Prepare for the transition. In a tighter economy there are fewer opportunities. That means that almost every time a company hires a JMO, they are selecting that person over someone with industry experience. The only way that happens is if the JMOs can demonstrate they are the best person for the job. This takes a high degree of preparation.











    Where Do We Go From Here?











    If you are already in our program and have questions, please contact us directly at candidates@cameron-brooks.com or (800) 222-9235.

    Curious to learn more about turning your JMO leadership skills into a smooth transition and business success with Cameron-Brooks? Visit our website and check out PCS to Corporate America. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.











     















     

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    Episode 93 – Long-Term Business Success

    Episode 93 – Long-Term Business Success

    At Cameron-Brooks  we believe, amidst this global crisis, that quality leadership is more important than ever. So we will continue to post our regular podcasts to educate potential transitioning military officers. You are the future leaders Corporate America will need.



    This episode features Porsche Wilson.  Porsche transitioned to Corporate America from the Army in 2009 was serving as Army Medical Service Corps officer. She launched her business career at Regions Bank in a banking operations Project Management role and within 8 months was promoted to a Manager of Debit Cards/ATM Claims. One of the interesting things about our conversation is Porsche helps unpack the concept of "career management". She does that from the perspective of someone who has been in the business world for 11 years.  Approaching her mid-career point in the business world, Porsche continues to accelerate her professional life in Corporate America.

    Early Success

    Porsche starts our conversation by recalling her time in the Army and some best practices that she used to find success early. First, she said she humbly approached every situation with a heart for learning from everyone she interacted with, especially from people with more experience than her. She made a comment about something a former Sergeant Major said to her that you'll likely get a chuckle out of. She also talked about being accountable to facts and data as it related to the things for which she was responsible.

    The Transition

    It was interesting to hear her recall her interactions with Roger Cameron at the the April 2009 Career Conference. She remembers asking Roger why she was interviewing with a bank. Remember, Porsche was a Medical Service officer with a Biology undergraduate degree and a lot of logistics experience. Roger told her is that she's a leader and regardless of the industry or function, she has the ability to be successful (and she most certainly has been successful!).

    Career Launch

    One of the biggest takeaways for managing your career is what Porsche says about how to get started in your first role in business. She said, "Be the very best at your first job and the shoulder taps will come." Coming from the military, she said people first need to know that you can be successful in this new environment.



    Porsche has done an excellent job managing her long-term business success and I think you will really enjoy hearing from her.



    To learn more about turning your JMO leadership skills into a successful transition and business success with Cameron-Brooks, visit our website and check out PCS to Corporate America. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

    • 37 min
    Episode 92 – The Military to Business Transition Doesn’t Have to Be Risky

    Episode 92 – The Military to Business Transition Doesn’t Have to Be Risky

    Military to business transition doesn't have to be risky — especially if you have the right partner who knows how to make the transition successfully.  However, it does require one to step outside of your comfort zone.



    Cameron-Brooks Alumnus, Mike Burns, is a former Navy Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer who made the successful transition in 2014.  On this episode of the podcast, he shares how he partnered with Cameron-Brooks to learn more about his marketability, navigated the transition and willingly stepped outside of his comfort zone to land a career at Chatham Financial.



    Mike initially approached his career search believing he needed to interview for only engineering project management roles that directly related to his functional experience as a Navy Nuclear Trained Surface Warfare Officer.  By partnering with Cameron-Brooks, he conducted a wide career search and was able to interview for a broad range of positions that included Engineering Project Management, Consulting, Finance and more.  In the end, he chose a consulting career with Chatham, an opportunity he would have never considered before partnering with Cameron-Brooks.



    In addition to sharing his transition experience, Mike also explains why his company values JMOs and the model he uses in managing his career.



    During the podcast Mike and I also talk about a recent podcast we published on the transition and how it relates to doing a hike and the LinkedIn Veteran Opportunity report from 2019. These all lend insight into how military to business transition doesn't have to be risky.



    Enjoy listening! Curious to learn more about consulting careers for military officers?  Or the career fields we represent? Click here. To learn more about turning your JMO leadership skills into a successful transition and business success with Cameron-Brooks, visit our website and check out PCS to Corporate America. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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Customer Reviews

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imwelch ,

Golden Nuggets

There are so many life lessons and tips on self development and personal growth! I truly enjoy each podcast and the success stories!

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Very informative

As a future transitioning JMO, it's fun to hear the experiences and advice of folks who have been in my shoes.

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