As our nation celebrates Labor Day, it's a good time for career reflection. When I came home from the Marines 15 years ago, I was unemployed. A classmate who worked at Walmart said, “Go apply.” I ditched my next class and did.
Transitioning from military to civilian life wasn't easy. That's why I'm extremely proud of Walmart committing to offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within 12 months of leaving active duty.
My military experience helped me become a leader in my company. I'm part of the 75 percent of Walmart's store management teams that have worked their way up from hourly positions. As a market manager, I oversee eight stores in the area and have a role in developing the careers of some 3,000 associates.
Because Walmart has a culture of promoting from within, I take great satisfaction knowing other men and women who have served in the military will have that same path to success available to them as well.
- Bill Skoufis, market manager, Walmart, Merrillville