Thank you for taking the time to read/reply to my question.
As mentioned in a previous post, I am a USAF Veteran with 8 years of Meteorology background. Before my service in the USAF I was in Information Technology in a wide range of jobs from phone support, all the way to Director of Network Management and Administration. I am currently an HR Professional within the Department of Defense, working with the Department of the Navy. I have served in this position for almost three years.
My question is would I make a suitable candidate for a position with IBM? How could I best leverage my experience in I.T. and Meteorology with my education to increase the slope of my professional trajectory?
Any and all input would be most welcomed.
Jonathan - I'd recommend to you the book I've given to my kids and used with my mentees to help them apply proven design techniques (the approach is called Design Thinking - the problem solving methodology IBM uses) to their own lives. The authors teach a very popular course at Standard on the same topic - helping students identify what they want to do with their lives. The book is very well written - very interesting, full of example stories, and very concrete exercises that progressively build on each other as you 'design' your life. The book is called Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Burnett and Evans.
Hi, Jonathan. Yes, you have the right stuff. An MBA was my entry point into IBM. I spent the first half of my career in the chemicals and plastics industry. I wanted to be a consultant and the MBA was the stepping stone that got me to IBM. I agree with Ron. Check out The Weather Company. It's not just about meteorology. We use weather data to improve demand planning, maintenance, retail, etc.
Hello Jonathan -- we have similar stories. I did 10 years AF then got out. I agree with Ron ... you should check out the IBM Weather Company. They are doing so many things with technology you'd probably love it! Mobile compute that provides a unique customized weather forecast no matter where you are ... think about the technology challenges with that! :^ ) To me it sounds like the best of both worlds for you!
You should look at the Weather Company. That seems to combine all your previous experience. https://www.ibm.com/weather
Thank you all for your thoughtful contributions!
I have been to the IBM Weather Site, it does look like a very interesting pathway that could utilize all facets of my experience and education. At this point, it would most likely be matter of speaking with a recruiter to see if I really would be a good fit.
Tim O., I have ordered the book you recommended, it will be here next week. Thank you for the suggestion and I look forward to studying this IBM approach.
Tim St. Onge, I appreciate your encouragement and the information you provided. I will look further into IBM Weather. It is good to know that I have a sufficient degree/skill set.
Brad, I like variety! It sounds like IBM Weather is a fantastic technology, I will be taking a deeper dive into products and services this week.
Thank you for your suggestion, Ron.
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