We spend a lot of time in this blog focusing on the challenges of military transition, and certainly those who have been injured in service face some major obstacles to getting a foothold in the civilian work world. Northrop Grumman is among the major employers that are making an effort to help ease the transition — a profile of its program Operation IMPACT is below.
Operation IMPACT assists servicemembers severely injured in combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and/or Operation Enduring Freedom transition from their military careers.
If an injured service member is unable to work, we extend our support to the family member who will work in their stead. Program support is also available to widows and widowers of fallen service members.
Each of the employees hired through Operation IMPACT brings unique experiences and talents to Northrop Grumman. Below is one story of how we set out to make a difference in a person’s (Joshua’s) life and how they made a difference in ours:
How did you learn about Operation IMPACT?
I learned about Operation IMPACT while I was recovering from my injuries at the Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA.
What background/education/experience from your military service career was helpful in your transition to Northrop Grumman?
During my enlistment in the Marine Corps, I was given the opportunity to build my leadership skills and abilities. To add, I was also taking college courses while recovering, knowing that employment outside the Marine Corps was closing in fast. Northrop Grumman presented me with an opportunity to apply the skills learned in the Marine Corps to their company.
What are your best three transition tips for severely injured warriors looking for employment?
First, prepare for your future outside of the military. Whether that means taking college classes in your off time or going to resume building classes. It needs to be done. Secondly, attend career fairs and network with companies, such as Northrop Grumman, to get an idea of potential careers outside of the military. And finally, always seek for improvement. That is a trait that many companies desire. There is no need to settle for something that doesn’t utilize your abilities.
Any other thoughts or comments you would like to share regarding your transition to a career with Northrop Grumman?
I would like to take a moment to thank the entire Operation IMPACT team for the work that they do to assist us wounded warriors with the transition into the civilian world. Many thanks to the BAMS UAS management team for interviewing me and offering me a wonderful career opportunity.
- Northrop Grumman has built a strong relationship over the years with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through their outreach efforts with Operation IMPACT.
- Northrop Grumman leads a large group of companies known as the Network of Champions. This network has grown to more than 100 companies since it was launched in 2009 and significantly broadens job opportunities for Operation IMPACT candidates. If Northrop Grumman doesn’t have a match for an injured veteran or family member, they will share the resume (with approval) with the Network of Champion companies. Together, the Network of Champion members work to find the right opportunity.
- Northrop Grumman works closely with MSEP (Military Spouse Employment Partnership). This symbiotic partnership assists in finding work for talented military spouse professionals. In addition, Northrop Grumman is hosting military spouse events around the country to create awareness about the company culture, current job opportunities and to connect with communities on a more personal level.
- GI Jobs named Northrop Grumman as one of the Top Military Friendly Employers in 2012.
- CivilianJobs.com named Northrop Grumman as one of the Most Valuable Employers for military personnel.
Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.