Finding camaraderie in post-military life
Lt. Col. Linda Craven shares how she has successfully transitioned to civilian life — and found a supportive culture — while working at Wells Fargo.
Lt. Col. Linda Craven may not be flying Black Hawk helicopters for her civilian job at the bank, but she has used many of her military experiences in her current role as a Wells Fargo business initiatives consultant in Des Moines, Iowa. Craven credits her service in the U.S. Army and the Iowa National Guard with teaching her the fundamentals of teamwork, and providing her opportunities to interact with people from diverse cultures she would not have otherwise met.
“The soldiers I served with, we were a real team,” Craven said. “We worked hard to accomplish our mission. I truly enjoyed the camaraderie I had in the U.S. Army. I use those experiences and try to apply them to my role in Wells Fargo.”
Craven has found a sense of camaraderie at Wells Fargo, too. She joined the company five years ago, and four months after, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “That was very daunting,” Craven said. “But I had outstanding leaders in Wells Fargo that were incredibly supportive.”
She also found support several years ago when she deployed overseas for a year. “Wells Fargo has a great benefit process and has a checklist with all requests leading up to deployment,” Craven said. “I had a great boss who helped. My team members would send us care packages. It was truly amazing to see the amount of care packages and love and support Wells Fargo provided me during my deployment.”
“That’s what I’ve really appreciated about Wells Fargo, is the ability to still serve your country, have a family, enjoy life, but then be a productive member of an outstanding organization.” — Linda Craven
Craven has used her own experiences with Wells Fargo to help other veterans, like retired Brig. Gen. Steven Altman, a project manager at Wells Fargo in Des Moines whom Craven has served with in the Iowa National Guard.
“Linda helped me get hired at Wells Fargo by making me aware of some of the opportunities, helping me identify the military points of contact, the veterans hiring group, and allowing me to translate my military experience to a civilian resume, which oftentimes is difficult to do,” Altman said. “We’ve known each other for a long time on the military side, and so that relationship really was beneficial as I transitioned. Having someone that I could talk to, someone that I know, someone that I trust, available to assist me as I transitioned was truly invaluable.”
Craven said she is honored when veterans ask her to review their resumes and help with their job searches. She added that she is proud she and Altman work for Wells Fargo, especially since the company has committed to hire and retain veterans.
“That’s what I’ve really appreciated about Wells Fargo, is the ability to still serve your country, have a family, enjoy life, but then be a productive member of an outstanding organization,” Craven said.