Like most of us, Chris McCane wasn’t sure what he wanted to do at 18 years old.
“I’d always known the so-called right things to do,” McCane said. “Graduate from high school, go to college. Graduate college, get a good job.”
But McCane wasn’t sure that was going to work for him. So, he looked for some alternative options.
“I already felt behind the power curve,” McCane said. “I had friends choosing colleges. Others had almost planned out the next 10 years of their lives. Joining the Army was my trump card.”
In August 2008, McCane signed up to serve his country.
“It was scary. Signing up meant that now, I had to actually do it,” McCane laughed. “But it was my first adult decision, and I felt really accomplished that I was setting my own path.”
Now, 10 years later and out of the military, McCane is a senior associate business systems analyst at Workday and a graduate of the Career Accelerator Program (CAP), a paid internship that helps military veterans transition into civilian careers, with the potential to be hired as a full-time employee following successful completion of the program. CAP is part of the Opportunity Onramps initiative, a movement dedicated to creating economic opportunity for all. We sat down with McCane to learn more about his journey.