Brandon Geisler, Information Technology
“This is exactly what I was looking for, I’m getting the professional experience that I was missing.”
When Brandon Geisler received a medical discharge from the job he loved as a U.S. Marine drill instructor, he felt unmoored. Geisler, who served from 2001 to 2006, hadn’t contemplated a career apart from the Marines. He bounced from unemployment to roofing to installing cable and then returned to school to pursue a degree ininformation technology. After earning his associate’s degree from Northern Essex Community College, he transferred to UMass Lowell.
Geisler found success in the classroom but realized his resume was lacking professional high-tech experience. He heard about “Wired for Work” and was quick to apply. The pilot program, a partnership between the Chirag Foundation, NetScout Systems and UMass Lowell, seeks to improve unemployment amongveteransand prepare them for technology careers. Geisler was accepted as one of the program’s first participants and spent six months working full-time at NetScout, a Westford-based networking software firm.
For Geisler, the NetScout job was his first professional position outside the military. He was assigned to tech support for service-delivery engineering, a position he found was a good fit. “I like being able to fix problems,” he says. “It’s a great work environment here. There’s a tight camaraderie.”
“This is exactly what I was looking for,” says Geisler, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Sept. 2014. “I’m getting the professional experience that I was missing."