Veteran Spotlight: Matt DeLuca
This week, we’re proud to profile Matt DeLuca, a former USMC Low Altitude Air Defense Captain who is now a Senior Project Manager with Stryker. Matt worked with Orion in June 2016 to help find his second post-military career. Having initially worked in the construction industry, Matt decided to search for a career he felt more passionate about.
“After three years in construction, I realized I wasn't very passionate about it and decided to reach out to Orion. They helped me navigate through my career change. Everything moved very quickly, which was great, and I had multiple offers from great companies within only a month of first reaching out to Orion,” Matt recalls.
Orion helped him find a great opportunity as a Production Supervisor with Stryker Orthopaedics, and Matt has found his career to be very rewarding. “It is a fast-paced and constantly changing environment to be in, which is very much like the military. There is also a high sense of purpose in the job I get to do every day,” explains Matt, “The work we do on a daily basis helps healthcare professionals provide top quality care to patients. It is very fulfilling – just like the military.”
Matt initially started out as a Production Supervisor in a Stryker plant where hip and knee replacement implants are manufactured. After about three months, he was promoted to an Operations Manager role where he was responsible for a team of 60+ people.
Another year into that role, Matt and his family were looking to get back to the Philadelphia area (home for them), and he was able to transfer across divisions in Stryker. Matt is now a Senior Project Manager in the communications division, where they install new operating room equipment to hospitals around the country. “The great thing about Stryker is that they really do encourage employees to take on new roles within the company, which is great for both individual growth and growth of the company, as well,” Matt says.
According to Matt, the responsibility those in the military get so early on helps them grow as leaders. And the day-in-and-day-out of military life prepares them well for the challenges they may face in their new career. Veterans are also able to adapt and have a disciplined approach to any task.
Most importantly, Matt advises fellow veterans to be passionate about what you are doing. This was the hardest part for him, and he suggests not just taking the first job offer that comes along. “You have more to offer companies than you realize, so don't be afraid to go after the jobs/roles you are really passionate about,” he explains.
Your first job out of the military may not always be the right fit. But, like Matt, you can always search again and find a great career that you can be proud of. Begin your career search with Orion here. You can read Matt’s full story here.