Imelda Salazar, Retail Store Manager
Branch: U.S Army
Service Dates: October 2008- October 2020
What encouraged you to join the military? I wanted to do something different with my life, outside of the environment I was brought up in that would make a difference.
Did you know what you wanted to do when you got out? I thought I was going to be in the Army until I retired.
What would you advise to other women that will be transitioning soon? It can be challenging mainly because the culture is so different. I would say it is important to be empathetic and understand the needs of others on a different level. Sometimes the military does not allow us to be as empathetic because of the environment, but we need to be empathetic and understanding to build great working relationships.
How was the transition from the military? I did Reserve and T-Mobile for about 8 out of my 12 years in the military therefore the transition was a little bit different. If someone is a reservist looking to work at T-Mobile the advice I have is to be ready to shift your mindset constantly and quickly. I was lucky enough to be able to switch on and off and I was able to be a Leader in both professions at the same time.
How did you find a job at T-Mobile? I went into a store to ask if they were hiring and I was informed about a different location that did open interviews on Wednesday, and I went.
Current job when did you start? November of 2012
What do you like about working at T-Mobile? I like the culture and the people that we get to work with. I love the inclusion and the ability to lead with my own leadership style.