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This week, we’re proud to profile Elison Talabong, a former US Navy Aviation Ordnanceman Senior Chief Petty Officer who is now a Product Support Engineer with Axcelis Technologies. Elison worked with Orion in late 2018 to help find his post-military career.

“Before my actual retirement date from the Navy, I was very nervous and stressed out over what my next career would be,” Elison recalled. “I filled out about a dozen job applications and was only invited to one job interview! This all changed for me when Orion Talent came to my rescue,” he stated. “Now I have a steady and stable job in a field that has a bright future.”

Orion helped him find a great opportunity as a Product Support Engineer with Axcelis Technologies, and Elison has found his career to be very rewarding. “We provide around the clock remote and local technical support for our customers around the world who have purchased our semi-conductive machines,” Elison explained. “I honestly can see myself doing this job until I fully retire in 20 years.”

According to Elison, the technical and leadership skills he acquired in the military prepared him in his new career, even in a new field. “These skills have helped me learn and grow in my new position,” he stated.

In addition to these soft skills, the military also prepared him physically. “The military has made me to be ‘thick-skinned,’ and to not be bothered by challenging jobs,” he said. “My new role is very high travel, which is a hard thing for about 80 percent of the employees here,” Elison explained.

Elison advised fellow veterans to never underestimate how marketable the military has prepared you to be. “You have learned valuable skills most civilian companies do not teach or practice. You are worth more in the civilian sector than you think,” Elison assured.

If you are transitioning soon and looking for a civilian career, join Elison and the thousands of others like him who have found rewarding careers through Orion Talent. Begin your career search with Orion and register today.

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