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Last November, Disney held its first ‘Veterans Institute’, where companies of all sizes participated in daylong workshops to learn how to build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own based on Disney’s successful Heroes Work Here initiative. As a follow up, in August Disney held a ‘Veterans Institute’ workshop in San Antonio, TX, which builds on the Company’s ongoing commitment to support U.S. veterans.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Austin, a member of the Disney Corporate Strategy and Business Development team, and one of our Heroes Work Here success stories. After 8 years of active duty with the US Army, Austin transitioned in to a role with The Walt Disney Company in November 2013.

Austin was quickly able to adapt to the culture of The Walt Disney Company as he found many similarities between the organizations. “Both Disney and the Army are large organizations with functional experts throughout the organization performing highly specialized roles – you can see well-functioning teams and individuals in both of these organizations, where finding an answer to a question usually means just finding the right subject matter expert,” he explained.

During his time in the service, Austin undertook many roles. He served as Captain, Embedded Combat Advisor, Company Commander, and Battalion Intelligence Officer. Austin leveraged many of his military experiences to excel in his new position, primarily in strategy development. He explained, “as a junior officer, you are often placed in new situations with no textbook answer – your best bet is to quickly assess the situation, generate as much supporting analysis and knowledge as possible, and attempt to achieve each mission objectives as best as possible.”

As for advice to fellow veterans who are considering a Disney career, Austin had this to say, “While the goals of the military and private sector are obviously different, leaving behind a winning team in whatever branch of service you are transitioning from is easier when you know you will be joining a winning, well-functioning team.”

Visit our YouTube channel to learn more about the veterans we’ve hired through the Heroes Work Here initiative.

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