Cameron-Brooks Podcast: Episode 37 – Three Dos and Don’ts for JMOs in Year One of a Business Career

Cameron-Brooks alumnus Tom Wilson is a Business Consultant for Marketing Analytics with Nationwide Insurance.  He supports a $50 million portfolio of financial products and services at Nationwide advising business unit managers on technology, marketing road maps, and industry trends. I asked Tom: What are three things JMOs in Year One of a business career should do and three things they should not do?

Here’s what he had to say.

Three things JMOs should do in year one.

  1. Work hard up front, put in the hours.
  2. Ask a lot of questions, be curious.
  3. Focus on continuous learning.  Tom earned his Executive MBA in his first 3 years with Nationwide.

Three things JMOs should not do in year one.

  1. Don’t be overconfident.  In other words, be humble.
  2. Don’t be in a rush.  Take your time to learn, develop and make contributions.  The responsibility will come.
  3. Don’t be overconfident.  In other words, be humble.  No, that is not a typo.  Being humble is so important that Tom mentioned it twice.

Tom also adds in three things every JMO should do before the transition.

  1. Be proactive about self-development and, if you have time, earn a Lean Six Sigma or Project Management Certification.
  2. Read business books and periodicals.
  3. Get some exposure to the business trend, Big Data.  You can search YouTube for some videos explaining this or find white papers online. Bottom line, businesses are harnessing a tremendous amount of data to analyze what is happening in their business and how they can better service customers.

If you are a military officer considering a transition, you can learn more about Cameron-Brooks here.

Joel Junker

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