Veteran Employee Story – John DiPiero


USAA  |  Just Ask, “Where Do I Fit?”  |

Published in the January/February 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

For the past four-and-a-half years, John DiPiero has been a senior military talent manager for USAA. He takes great pride in being one of the faces that veterans see at military job fairs. His goal is to get the right veterans and military spouses into the right roles at USAA.

Before joining USAA, DiPiero retired as an Air Force colonel and served two years as commandant of a military prep school in Virginia. His father was also in the Air Force and served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

“I grew up with it,” DiPiero said. “My dad was in Vietnam when I graduated from high school. Largely because of his influence, the desire to fly was with me a lot. So when I went off to ROTC at college, I knew I was living my dream.”

But DiPiero’s military service did not help him as much as he thought it would when it came time to find work in the civilian world. “I thought, ‘I’m retiring as a colonel and everyone wants a retired colonel to work for them; I’m going to get a big paycheck,’” DiPiero said. “But I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and those ‘big paycheck’ jobs weren’t just out there waiting for me.”

“I will take any chance I can get to help a military veteran,” he said. “And I get to do that on a regular basis here. It’s actually what our company does every day. That makes me proud and motivated.”

United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is a financial services company offering banking, investing, and insurance to people and families that serve, or served, in the United States military. The company provides a full range of financial products and services to the military and their families, including investments, financial planning, and banking products – checking, savings, and CD’s.

How should a veteran look for his or her first post-military career? “Start early and get a handle on what you want to be and where you want to be,” DiPiero advises. “Veterans don’t always recognize what their skills are and what can translate from the military. Make sure to research what positions are out there, and find things that are a good fit for you. That said, we all realize that we may still need a paycheck and that veterans shouldn’t be afraid to do what they have to do to make ends meet. So take advantage of opportunities, and use them to learn and network.”

“The thing about USAA is that veterans, servicemembers, and their families are at the core of who we are,” DiPiero said. “Who better to take care of our core membership than veterans and military spouses? They already know our membership because they are part of it. The people we like to hire are the people we are serving. Everything we do drives toward taking care of our members. Veterans just need to ask: ‘Where do I fit?’ ”

 

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This article was written by Jay Myers