MetroStar Systems is featuring three veterans who have transitioned from the military to the civilian workforce. This mini-series will reflect their personal journey and their role with MetroStar. Our Front-End Developer, Joe, is our first feature.
Rooted in a Legacy of Service
Joe, a Florida native, has been living in Northern Virginia since 2011. He grew up in the Satellite Beach area outside of Orlando, Florida to a military and computer-driven family. This helped guide him towards the professional path he was set to go down.
In 2000, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from high school. He served active duty for four years and spent one year in the Army Reserve. Leaving the Army as a Sergeant (NCO), he knew his next step was to enroll in college.
Going back to his roots, Joe started school at the University of Central Florida as a biology major. With the financial help of the post 9/11 GI Bill, he knew college was the right choice for him to start his transition out of the military lifestyle.
“I think the biggest thing is that I knew I wanted to go to college,” Joe said. “Although, just like everyone else in their early twenties, you still don’t know what you want to do with the rest of your life.”
College helped him find new interests and passions, but he said having the strong discipline he had picked up in the military set him apart from his peers. He felt more mature and ready to take on pursuing his education.
After graduation, he took a job at a hospital contracting group that serviced hospital data. This sparked his curiosity for software development.
Finding a Community
As it grew time to enter the workforce, Joe spoke to a friend who was once a recruiter in the D.C-area and they mentioned MetroStar Systems. He started at MetroStar in November of 2013 as a QC Engineer and is currently a Front-End Developer.
“I noticed first off that there were other veterans at MetroStar and when I joined there were about 122 employees, but there were at least three other prior services members that I worked with right away,” Joe recalls. “Just having that same background was cool!”