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Information Technology Specialist

July 2021 • Wright Patterson, OH

What I liked

The flexibility, the co-workers, the work environment. I have learned so much since I started in the Air Force!

What I wish was different

Advice

If you’re willing to learn and motivated, you will do great!
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Military

April 2017 - December 2019 • Beale Air Force Base, CA

What I liked

Benefits

What I wish was different

Should have went to college to commission

Advice

Be flexible
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Munitions

April 2016 • Valdosta, GA

What I liked

30 days PTO, free healthcare

What I wish was different

Advice

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Airman

March 2017 • Vandenberg AFB, CA

What I liked

Great opportunity to have my school paid for by the Air Force.

What I wish was different

I wish I had signed a shorter contract for the same benefits.

Advice

I wouldn't sign a contract unless it's in a job you are interested in.
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Electronics Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Hill Air Force Base, UT

What I liked

I liked working right next to the runway and watching the planes on my lunch break.

What I wish was different

There really wasn't a whole lot for me to do. It takes 80% of the internship just to have enough paperwork done that you can start working. So most of the time you stare at a wall.

Advice

Be patient. The work you will do for the Air Force will be amazing! It just takes a lot of red tape before you get there.
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Air Force A-10 Avionics Technician

May - July 2019 • Fort Wayne, IN

What I liked

My co-workers, the job itself, being a part of something bigger than me and making a difference.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been there longer.

Advice

Do not hesitate if you are thinking about joining, the people you meet and the experiences you have are like none other.
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Aeronautical Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Edwards, CA

What I liked

I was able to experiance flight test engineering and work alongside some of the best engineers and pilots in the Air Force.

What I wish was different

There was very little work for the interns or new hires to do. As a result I spent about 6 weeks reading old test reports.

Advice

Ask questions early about how different processes work and what all the different acronyms mean.
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PEX Specialist

July - August 2019 • Colorado Springs, CO

What I liked

My job was five minutes away from my house which was very convenient and it paid well.

What I wish was different

That I had more work to do. I was able to finish it all early and so had a lot of time on my hands.

Advice

If you can get a government job over the summer go for it because it pays well and depending on what it is the hours are reasonable.
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Firefighter

July 2015 • Barksdale Air Force Base, LA

What I liked

Serving!

What I wish was different

My assignment!

Advice

Don’t join the military!
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Engineering trainee

June - August 2019 • Hanscom Air Force Base, MA

What I liked

The people, the work, the hours, and the work-life balance.

What I wish was different

More hands on engineering work.

Advice

Be open to learning things not directly related to your major.
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Systems Development Engineer

June 2019 • Eglin Air Force Base, FL

What I liked

The responsibility my coworkers gave me. It was enough to push me to grow while they checked in and made sure I didn't get overwhelmed.

What I wish was different

I wish I had started earlier.

Advice

Communicate with your coworkers and supervisor about everything.
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aerospace technician

September 2015 • Shaw Afb, SC

What I liked

The work with aerospace technology

What I wish was different

Environment can be hard to work in, depending on weather.

Advice

Expect the unexpected from aerospace technician work.
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Clerical Assistant

June - August 2019 • New Hanover Township, NJ

What I liked

Easy and simple

What I wish was different

Management

Advice

Good stepping stone
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AFRL Intern

May - August 2019 • Eglin Air Force Base, FL

What I liked

I got to experience the real AF research labs over the summer. I was excited that I could actually use my knowledge from college and apply it to the project that they gave me.

What I wish was different

I wish that I could have seen even more of the Air Force Base, but I will get to do that when I come back and work there.

Advice

I recommend getting started in research or an internship as early as possible.
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