Fellow Follow-Up: Jayme Hentig

Written by Korinne Osterhoudt
Featured Fellow Jayme Hentig

SEP 28th– We were proud to interview MedTechVet Academy Summer 2023 Fellow Jayme Hentig.

Jayme is a neuroscientist who was in the Blood-based Med Device Industry and knew he wanted to return to neuroscience, as well as take the next professional progression in his career during his job search.

“Recognize that your service holds tremendous value in this industry, however, also recognize the work you need to also put in. Being a veteran may help get you an interview, but your veteran status alone will not get you a career.”

How did MedTechVets prepare you during your transition? 

MedTechVets is a great resource where the program shapes individuals ranging from those who are completely brand new to those with a few years of experience in the industry.

How did the relationship with your mentor play a role in your success post Academy?

I was fortunate to have multiple mentors, all of which graciously gave their time and input answering more advanced and hypothetical questions towards my later-stage career goals. 

Any advice for veterans? 

Recognize that your service holds tremendous value in this industry, however, also recognize the work you need to also put in. Being a veteran may help get you an interview, but your veteran status alone will not get you a career. 

What attracted you to Premier Research?

Premier Research is a Contract Research Organization where I get to help contribute to global phase 1-3 clinical trials in a variety of neuroscience-related therapeutic areas. 

Why are you excited about working in the med tech space? 

As a scientist, I have worked in the preclinical and clinical space as well as in academia and industry. The MedTech/Biopharma industry is a unique place where individuals get to make meaningful contributions that (if safe and efficacious) has real world impacts on real people needing help. 

How can veterans in the med tech space help assist transitioning veterans (i.e. mentoring)?

Be open to cold calls. Transitioning vets: make those cold calls. We do not know who you are, what you’re looking for, or when you need mentorship… but you do. Find those who are where you want to be and reach out. To the vets already in the industry, remember how tough transitioning can be, be compassionate, and answer those cold calls.  

What does the future look like for you? Do you have any exciting trips planned?

My future is filled with continuously building myself. I’ll be 75% done with my MBA at the end of the year!

Anything else you’d like to share?

Statistics don’t lie. Army and Marine veterans as well as enlisted service members, particularly E4 and below have the hardest time transitioning. While anyone is free to reach out to me, if you are an enlisted Army or Marine veteran please do not hesitate to ask for help. The world wants to see you succeed and this industry will be a better place with you in it. 

Interested in connecting with Jayme?

Connect with Jayme on LinkedIn Here

About MedTechVets

MedTechVets is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving Veterans during career transition and beyond. Our Vision is to build a bridge to help Veterans find meaningful employment in the Medical Technology Industry.

We bridge the gap for Veterans by providing personalized career transition services, mentorship, and career development guidance. We serve Veterans who plan to enter the MedTech, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, or Medical Device industries.

MedTechVets is proud to have the endorsement of Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed).

When a Veteran’s military skills and experiences are translated to civilian language, recruiting managers see the benefits of hiring a qualified Veteran. Veterans are able to see the roles within the MedTech, Medical Device, Life Sciences, and Pharmaceutical industries that would best suit their skill set and career aspirations.

MedTechVets Academy is a specialized program that provides more than generic advice about transitioning into medical-related career fields.

If you would like to learn more information about MedTechVets, please go to our page https://mvpvets2014dev.wpengine.com/contact-us/.

<span>WRITTEN BY </span>Korinne Osterhoudt

WRITTEN BY Korinne Osterhoudt

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