Israel Massallo, PMP
Location: Pleasanton, California, USA
Title: Project manager
Sector: Financial technology
You served in the U.S. Army Reserve
for eight years. How did that prepare
you for a project management career?
The U.S. Army is the birthplace of project
management. The only difference is that
team members are called soldiers.
What project skills did you acquire
in the military?
Conflict resolution, risk identification
and mitigation, people management—
and so many more.
What was hardest about
transitioning into civilian
Figuring out what outfit I had to
wear the next day.
PHOTO BY TAI POWER SEEFF
What attracted you to project
The ability to plan, communicate and
execute as a team. And there is so much
variety in the projects that I manage—I
never get bored! There is always some
new problem to be solved.
What makes project management a
good career path for veterans?
Project management relies heavily on
communication and leadership. Veterans
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