Alumni Profile: Martin

Each quarter, we highlight a different member of our alumni community. When you’re a Hire Heroes USA alumnus, we celebrate your victories and help you find long-term success in your civilian career. This quarter, meet Martin.

Photo of Martin and his family.

Military Experience: Martin joined the Marine Corps after high school, where he worked in communications maintenance for more than five years in Yuma, Ariz.

Professional Background: After leaving the military, Martin began his journey into higher education, attending the University of North Carolina-Wilmington for his Bachelor’s degree and continuing on to Appalachian State University for a Master’s of Science degree. Martin worked as a Fitness Trainer for nearly 10 years and then pursued his MBA at Liberty University. Martin has experience working across a range of industries but eventually found his calling in education as an adjunct instructor. Martin currently resides in Boone, N.C. with his wife and three children.

Professional Goals:  In the coming years, Martin has aspirations to finish his Doctorate in Business Administration, Strategic Management from Liberty University. Upon completion, he hopes to branch out and teach at new universities where he can continue to help students achieve their own goals and inspire life-long learning.

Current Position: College Instructor

Experience with Hire Heroes USA: Martin worked closely with his Transition Specialist to develop his first resume, learning how to add transferrable skills and experiences from his military career. Additionally, he participated in multiple mock interviews and pursued job matching opportunities which helped to build his confidence and better understand how his skills fit into the civilian job market.

Alumni Involvement: His passion lies in helping both students and veterans who are exploring their career options find their purpose. He enjoys connecting with others through his personal and professional network.

Most Important Career Advice: Keep an open mind and be flexible in your career planning and don’t have your expectations set in stone. Research to find out what is out there and the best fit for you and your own professional goals. Also, utilize the Hire Heroes USA Alumni Program to learn from other professionals and network!

If you’re a Hire Heroes Alumnus and you’d like to learn more about additional services, volunteer opportunities or if you’d like to share your story, visit the Alumni page and email Matt Kohler to get started: [email protected].