Beyond the Uniform
About This Show
Beyond the Uniform is a show to help military veterans navigate their civilian career. Each week, I meet with different veterans to learn more about their civilian career, how they got there, and what advice they'd give to other military personnel.
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John Pontrello - Aviation to HBS and the Oil & Energy Industry
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“A lot of stress goes into the transition and thinking about what's next. Trust in the system that being a high performer and having a positive attitude and getting things done is going to work out. You're going to hit a lot stumbling blocks along the way and face a lot of uncertainty, but if you maintain that positive attitude you're going to be fine." – John Pontrello John Pontrello graduated from the Naval Academy and served for 9 years as a Naval Aviator as part of the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron. After getting out of the Navy, he attended Harvard Business School. After receiving his MBA from Harvard, he entered the Oil & Energy industry as part of Cameron - a publicly traded company with over 10k employees. John started as a Corporate Development Manager and then progressed to a Plant Manager. John then returned to Harvard, where he is currently earning his Master of Public Administration at their Kennedy School of Government. In this conversation, we cover a lot of topics, including: Choosing to go straight to Business School at Harvard Business School rather than to industry Advice on using the GI Bill How John decided to enter the Oil & Energy Industry with Cameron An overview of the Corporate Development Manager An overview of a Plant Manager What career progression looks like in the Oil & Energy industry What it's been like at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government And much, much more… Listen to it on iTunes. Stream by clicking