MIL’s success stories
The MIL Corporation knows that the single most important factor to our success is our people. With opportunities for personal and professional growth, MIL offers an engaging, challenging yet rewarding environment for a brighter future. We recognize that everyone is unique – with different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences that influence and inform their ideas and opinions, which are valued. These differences lead to innovative ideas and better decisions that contribute to MIL’s success. At MIL we fully support and encourage our team members to embrace their career journey. We value teamwork and have seen the benefits to employing and retaining highly qualified and well-rounded talent. The following success stories are just a few that we are most proud of here at MIL.
Communications and Design Manager
Years with MIL: 9
Location: Proposals & Marketing Team, Bowie Service Center
1. When did you start working at MIL and what was your position?
I started working with MIL in 2010 as a part-time Proposal/Public Relations Coordinator. At the time, I was finishing up my master’s degree in communication/PR at Virginia Tech and my duties were to edit resumes and write press releases. I continued in that capacity for a year and then eventually, I left my position at Johns Hopkins to join MIL’s Proposals & Marketing team in November 2011 as a full-time Public Relations Coordinator.
2. Describe your career path since joining MIL.
Today, I am MIL’s Communications & Design Manager in the Proposals & Marketing department. We have a unique team, in that we are all multifaceted in our roles. In our department, you are empowered to identify a need, and then implement and lead that initiative. Because of this, I have had more of a “career evolution” where I have taken on more and more responsibility through the years. Now I am integral in guiding and shaping MIL’s brand and identity through internal and external communication, graphic and web design, social media, charity, events, proposal design, you name it!
3. Did you further your education or obtain certifications while employed at MIL?
I sure did. In 2017 I completed my second master’s degree (in graphic design) while working at MIL. This allowed me to really hone my self-taught design skills and was an excellent complement to my communication background (design IS communication!) Additionally, this has allowed me to more confidently lead MIL into a well-maintained brand identity, through both words and images.
4. In terms of career growth, what is one piece of advice you would offer someone beginning a career at MIL?
Don’t wait for a growth/promotion opportunity to land in your lap; most times the answer or solution you seek isn’t going to just happen without speaking up. If you have a passion or see a path for yourself at MIL, ask for it or help in getting there. You are the only person who can define your career and make it what you want – if your new team is anything like mine, you have an amazing support system and boss/mentor who only wants to see you succeed! Work hard and ask for what you deserve – what’s the worst that could happen? “No” can be a great motivator. Good Luck!