Christian Reprado in the process of EASing from the Marine Corps, had two vastly different civilian job offers.  The job offers were not only in separate geographical locations, one in New York and the other in Washington, D.C., but also quite distinct in the type of position offered and the total compensation.  Christian unsure how to navigate this huge life decision, contacted the Marine for Life Network’s Houston Rep, Maj Steph Drake through LinkedIn.

Major Drake coached Christian on negotiating with potential employers through the dynamics of total compensation, cost of living, and location and growth trade-offs. Major Drake also recommended several questions and possible compensation negotiation opportunities for him regarding both companies seeking more clarity so that he could truly conduct a good assessment between both positions to ascertain which one fit him best.  Major Drake also encouraged Christian to ask for more time from the company with the earliest deadline to be able to evaluate updates and responses to questions and to allow him the time to make the best choice for this life-changing decision. 

After receiving and evaluating the updated information from both companies, Christian consulted Major Drake and then accepted a position as Logistics Coordinator with Alstom in New York.  

What can we learn from Christian Reprado’s Success?

  1. Connect to the Marine for Life Network early in your transition. The M4L Network can expand your network with your connections to Marine-friendly employers, career training, and Veteran support resources in your area. The best way to connect with your local M4L Reps is to complete the form located on
  2. Sign up for your free 1-year job seeker account through LinkedIn and join the M4L Network’s groups.

Still searching for more in-depth assistance with networking? Contact your installation’s Transition Readiness staff and join the Marine for Life Network by completing the form.  You can also follow the Marine for Life Network on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.