Mark Girgis

Marine Corps

Learn how this veteran took his military experience to his next career by focusing his job search on his passions.

Mark, tell us about your primary job in the Marine Corps.

My role in the Marine Corps consisted of issuing Government contracts in an operational and non-deployed environment. My responsibilities included managing personnel to provide uninterrupted support to the war fighter while further ensuring strategic and tactical level mission requirements were met through different levels and phases of procurement support.

Are there ways that your career in the Marine Corps compare to your career with Viasat?

As a Global Sourcing Manager with Viasat, I am responsible for a number of programs that are directly associated with Government issued contracts. Such programs support our military men and women through the use of existing services or to provide new technology to the Government in order to further enhance our military capabilities in a forward deployed area of operations.

How did you figure out what you wanted to do after the military?

I knew for a fact that I wanted to continue working in a Government procurement setting. The complexities associated with procuring goods and services in support of Government programs is a welcomed challenge and I look forward to each day. It is rewarding to know that I can still serve the men and women of our military, just in a different way.

What are some of the things you did to prepare for your transition and how did those things help in your job at Viasat?

The most helpful techniques I used during my military transition was to conduct informational interviews with other service men and women who had already transitioned from military service. It was through their advice and knowledge of the corporate world and how it relates to the military, that I believe helped me mostly understand what to expect after leaving military service. I used the knowledge gained from speaking with former military who were already working at Viasat and other companies to help me better understand how to “fit in”.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to transition in the next year (or two)?

I would recommend that they take advantage of all of the resources available to them, both on their local military installation and through companies located in their local area. There are many different opportunities, such as resume writing support for veterans and hiring events. These events are not only an opportunity to prepare for the next phase of their career, but it is also a great chance to network and meet new people who are more than willing to help us during our transition.