Joe Stanford III

Joe Stanford III

Information Systems Manager


Travelers

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Upon graduating from high school, I enlisted in the United States Air Force.
During my military career, I was stationed in Las Vegas, NV and Tokyo, Japan.
I also deployed to several countries, including Kyrgzstan and Qatar.
After serving nearly ten years in the Air Force, I transitioned to the Air National Guard.
I enrolled in UNLV and completed my bachelor degree in Information Management Systems.
After graduation, I accepted a job offer in the Travelers IT Leadership Development Program.
I relocated from Las Vegas, NV to Hartford, CT for my new job.
In 2016, I graduated from the program, and accepted a role as a Information Systems Manager.
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Education

High School
Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, CT
Bachelor
Management Information Systems
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Career

Information Systems Manager

I leverage technology to deliver business solutions.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Armed Services
Problem Solving

Day to Day

A great day at work for me is when I've successfully collaborated with my colleagues in IT to develop an innovative solution that will allow our business partners to operate more efficiently and effectively. My work is so varied that no day is ever the same, therefore, I get to learn new technologies and work with a variety of partners, vendors and co-workers while implementing systems at Travelers.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Most of the skills that I need to succeed in this job, I learned during nearly 10 years in the Air Force. Through my military training, I learned attention to details, communication skills, and how to be an analytical thinker. Today, I use these skills to demonstrate and deliver technology solutions, and to strategize new, creative ways to implement technology to solve business challenges at the Travelers.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Given my transition from the United States Air Force to the private sector, I can personally say that conducting online research regarding information technology careers (news articles, testimonial videos, job descriptions, salary ranges), and talking to as many people within your occupation of interest is a great first step. The information that you gather as a result of your research will be helpful in determining whether an occupation aligns with your skills and areas of interest.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Management Information Systems

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"It would be too difficult to successfully transition from the military to the private sector."

Challenges I Overcame

Military Veteran