On June 15th I attended the Tampa Bay Chamber’s Transition Tampa Bay event at Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg. This was my third Transition Tampa Bay event with the Tampa Bay Chamber, and like the rest, this event did not disappoint. I am currently a little over nine months out from retiring and am looking for IT/Cybersecurity position with companies like Walt Disney or Royal Caribbean, something in the entertainment and recreational industry. While doing informational interviews with prior military members who work in the entertainment and recreational industry it had been brought up multiple times that I could also do the same type of job in the financial industry, but that industry may not have the culture I was looking for in a career. So, when I received the e-mail from the Tampa Bay Chamber about signing up to go learn about Raymond James I almost did not sign up, but figured I should go and hear what they had to say.
The event started with a panel of prior military members that worked in different fields within Raymond James Financial. We were introduced to Raymond James Valor Network, their Veterans Inclusion Network, which recognizes the sacrifices military members, veterans and their families make for our nation, and that their priority is to make Raymond James the employer of choice for these individuals. Raymond James is acutely aware that veterans often face challenges as they transition back to civilian life or continue service through the Guard and Reserve, and we have created a network of professionals that can support, develop and promote the unique skill sets of veterans throughout Raymond James. Then each of the panel members from IT, compliance, marketing, investment banking, financial advisor and recruitment spoke to us about their transition experience and how our military experience can fit into that job field in Raymond James.
This opportunity allowed me to learn about Raymond James and their culture. I learned they have a great retention rate and it was wonderful to see how passionate the panel members were about their job at Raymond James. I now know Raymond James has a special e-mail for military members and their spouse to use when applying for job positions and what the right steps are in the application process. I also got to sit down afterwards with the IT Chief of Operating Officer and have a one-on-one discussion about Raymond James IT positions and what I am looking for in my post military career. I made lots of new LinkedIn connections and now feel a little bit more prepared for my transition.
Thank you Tampa Bay Chamber for all you do for transitioning military!
CDR Brandy Grossi