JAN 26th– We were proud to interview MedTechVet Academy Mentor, Mat Pfeffer. Mat the Director of Image Guided Therapy Devices at Philips.
What led you to become a mentor for MedTechVets?
While preparing for my USMC retirement in 2018, I was also preparing for my transition into a (yet to be determined) future career. It was a scary and exciting time. I took my transition very seriously. I took advantage of all veteran assistance programs (mentoring, networking, etc) and I learned a lot from fellow veterans. They were key to my success, so I felt it was important to provide the same support to future veterans.
What has your mentorship journey with MedTechVets been like?
I’ve had two assigned mentees and a long list of “unassigned” mentees that were introduced to me at networking events and then connected with me for transition Q&A sessions. Regardless of how I’m paired with veterans, I’m always willing to provide guidance and answer questions.
Any advice for veterans?
Take your transition seriously. Yes, most companies will be “veteran friendly” and might even have veteran hiring programs, but you still need to put in the work to make yourself just as hirable as someone that has years more experience in the industry. Take it seriously and you’ll be glad you did!
What are your key takeaways from being a mentor?
All mentors emphasize the importance of removing military language from resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and elevator pitches, yet we continue to see it as the most common mistake veterans continue to make. Not a problem. That’s why we’re here! We’ll help guide you through the transition…..starting with translating your resume into civilian terms!
Interested in connecting with Mat?
Connect with Mat on LinkedIn Here
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.
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