Chesapeake Energy Corporation | Attracted to the Values |
Published in the May/June 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
After serving in the artillery branch of the Army, former captain Bryan Jackson joined Chesapeake Energy Corporation in early 2011. He is now a field engineering technician II. He determines pipeline regulatory status and ensures compliance for pipelines in the Mid-Continent North Area. He also acts as liaison between Operations, Construction, GIS, and the Risk & Integrity Group.
Jackson knew he was looking for much more than just a paycheck after the military. “I knew I wanted to find a job that would be meaningful and rewarding,” he said. “Part of that discovery was figuring out how to relate what I did in the military to a real world occupation where I could apply those skills. The military experience that helped me through the transition process the most was my deployment to Iraq. I tried to keep in the back of my mind that those life-or-death experiences gave me a unique perspective on how to execute a task at the tactical level while also maintaining an understanding of the big picture at the strategic level. My challenge was explaining the benefits of having operated under stressful conditions to a potential employer.”
Jackson was attracted to Chesapeake because of its values. “Part of what separates Chesapeake from other companies is their commitment to reducing our reliance on foreign oil and promoting the use of American energy, and creating jobs to strengthen our nation’s economy,” he said. “Chesapeake is a great place for veterans to work because of its emphasis on community and caring for its employees. For me, the transition process could not have been smoother coming into a values-based organization that so closely resembles military values. It is also gratifying to play a small part in helping to promote domestic energy, and in the process, perhaps limiting our future military involvement in the Middle East.”
Those leaving the military should continue to look for positions that make a difference. “My advice to someone looking to transition out of the military is to look for an opportunity that allows you to make a difference and make a better life for yourself and your family,” Jackson said. “Although the transition process can be stressful, it is also an exciting time, so enjoy the process and try not to get discouraged. Many veterans who successfully make the transition are willing to take a leap of faith. Trust me; the difference you can make in the lives of those around you is so much greater when you become vested in the success of an organization because you believe in its mission and values.”