Hiring Our Heroes: Petty Officer First Class Torrance C. Boniface
This summer, 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.
We sat down, virtually of course, with some of those participants to see how their time at Cox is going and what advice they have for others in the military who are looking to begin their civilian careers. Today, hear from Petty Officer First Class Torrance C. Boniface.
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your military careers?
T: I served on Active Duty in the Navy for 22 years as a Damage Controlman. I’ve been on 10 deployments having explored various parts of the world.
Q: What are some of the challenges you and other members of the military face when trying to get civilian jobs?
T: One challenge I faced, and most members will face, is the adjustment to the civilian workforce culture. It can be hard to separate from the military way of operating when we work with civilians.
Q: How are Hiring Our Heroes and Cox helping to solve some of those challenges?
T: Hiring our Heroes have been great, they provided me with resources for mentoring and pairing me with someone that could help guide me in the manner. With Cox Enterprises, I love it. Every employee I’ve done a side by side with have been wonderful, they make you feel welcome, and a part of the family and seems to love it very much and it helps ease the communication battle from military to civilian.
Q: Is there any advice you would like to give to other military professionals who are looking for civilian jobs?
T: Success does not fall into anyone’s lap, you must set your goals, plan and strategize, and execute your plan to accomplish those goals. In the most encouraging words of Dr. Martin L King Jr. “If you can’t fly-run, if you can’t run-walk, if you walk-crawl, but by all means keep moving.”
Q: How has your experience been with Cox so far?
T: My experience with Cox so far has been good. I love the environment and culture even though we haven’t been to the office yet, but it feels like family. I can tell you that I have been treated well with a lot of support since arriving to the Cox family.
Thanks to Petty Officer Torrance C. Boniface for his time and sharing his story. Click here to read more stories about life at Cox or visit our Veterans page to learn more.