Manuel Gonzalez has always had a bent toward achievement. An all-American college athlete turned Navy sailor, Manuel single-mindedly pursued a career path toward IT during his military career, even pursuing Seal training in order to get himself closer to his goal. As fate would have it, the IT track was not to be for Gonzalez, who instead became a Master at Arms and was deployed with the USS Denver in 2002.
Manuel Gonzalez serving in Italy aboard the USS Denver
Even though Manuel did not enter the IT field, Navy life provided many opportunities to set and achieve goals.
“I always felt I could excel, “ he says. “I felt confident I would have advanced had I stayed in the Navy.”
The job security provided by the military is difficult to find in the civilian world.
The job security provided by the military is difficult to find in the civilian world. Manuel reflects that some of his energy, which was easy to direct while in the military, lost focus upon his return to civilian life in 2005.
“I went through a lot of jobs. I even went back to school […]