Hiring Our Heroes: Daryl Porter
Cox Communications is pleased to partner with Hiring our Heroes to provide help and support to veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses as they find meaningful employment opportunities outside of their military careers. Through the Corporate Fellowship Program, Cox is providing on–the–job training and helping our service members bridge the gap between their military service and civilian careers. Here, we’re learning about January 2021 fellow Daryl Porter.
Daryl Porter has a long and decorated history with the U.S. Marine Corps.
In his almost 24 years in the military, Daryl was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars, and more. With special expertise and experience in Avionics, Daryl most recently served as the VMFA-323 Avionics Chief and as well as the MALS-11 Lean Six Sigma AIRSpeed Chief.
Now he’s transitioning to civilian life in San Diego, CA and is part of Cox’s first class of Hiring Our Heroes fellows for 2021.
Daryl, who is working in field technical project management at Cox Communications, said that transitioning to a civilian job is not easy and cited the interview process as one of the more challenging aspects for veterans.
“Often, being from the military, we can be somewhat rigid in our communication,” Daryl said. “We just don’t know what to expect and we don’t know how we will be perceived or received. When we joined the military, we sat and listened to a recruiter. The recruiter did a lot of the talking and asked screening questions. When we interview for a civilian position, we must take the challenge head on but be ourselves at the same time.”
Daryl added that Cox’s corporate fellowship program through Hiring Our Heroes has helped make the transition easier.
“Cox Communications has welcomed us fellows with open arms,” he said “We have been given a lot of freedom to express our thoughts and to display our professional and technical abilities. Several managers within Cox Communications have provided guidance for how to manage as a civilian as well as how we can fit in potential jobs across Cox Enterprises.”
His favorite part about working at Cox? The people.
“Cox employees are extremely helpful, polite, straightforward and encouraging,” Daryl said. “I cannot thank the people within the Engineering Management Office at Cox Communications enough for the help and support that they have provided us.”
Click here to learn more about Cox’s support of the military community.