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What’re You Gonna Do? Where Are Ya Gonna Go?

Join Dakota Meyer and co-host Liz O’Brien at Camp Pendleton, Calif. where they sit down with former Toyota VP, Don Esmond. Don shares his experiences as a former marine and a Toyota VP. With over 50 years of professional experience, Don’s story of transition and then making a commitment to hiring military spouses, veterans is a great testament to why we all need a plan. Learn more about the impact Hiring Our Heroes are making across the country by visiting their websites.


Top Takeaways from What’re You Gonna Do? Where Are Ya Gonna Go?:

1. The first step of the transition process is deciding what you want to do and where you want to be.

“You’ve got to have a plan…Think back to what [you] learned in the military and have an objective: what do you want to do, where do you want to live, what are your skills, do a self-assessment and then come up with a plan on how you are going to get there.” – Don Esmond


2. The skills taught in the military can be capitalized on in the civilian sector.

“You have the skills transitioning out of the armed services, whether it is the leadership skills, working as a team, the ability to have persistence, or doing the job with what resources you are given, there is a lot of skill base there and those are things they do not teach in school.” – Don Esmond


3. Be confident in your skills and detail your personal achievements from your time in the military.

You have to have confidence in what your skills are…list what you have accomplished and don’t be bashful and let folks know what you did.” – Don Esmond


There are a lot of opportunities at Toyota. It isn’t just cars- it is mobility and helping people move.” –Don Esmond


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