The Untraditional Career Journey: Meet Veteran Sanielle Montgomery

Sanielle Montgomery

By Sanielle Montgomery
Institutional and HR Coordinator, Graduate Medical Education
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

NOTE: Methodist Health System was named to the 2020 Military Friendly® Employers list. Learn more here.

We all have different paths in our lives that bring us to where we are today. The road that brought me to Methodist Health System was far from traditional. From San Diego to Quantico, Virginia, and from Okinawa, Japan, to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina  — and even to Afghanistan (where the temperatures range from 20 to 120 degrees!) — I proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 13 years.

It all started with a phone call when I was still in high school. Just a junior at the time, I had not yet focused on my career. I called a Marine Corps recruiter, and he told me what life in the military was like. From the moment I hung up the phone, I was hooked. I said, “sign me up” before my head could really catch up to what I was getting myself into.

Reality hit when I stepped off the bus at boot camp.

There I stood on the yellow footprints. For those of you who don’t know, the yellow footprints signify where your journey begins as a Marine. My heart raced, and I knew there was no turning back. But after 13 weeks of physically and mentally challenging obstacles, I was filled with a sense of accomplishment. I had survived basic training — and the real journey was just about to take off.

So how did I go from Afghanistan to Methodist? 

After my years in the military, I knew that I wanted to apply what I had learned in the military to an organization where I could make a meaningful difference. As a woman of color and a veteran, I was looking for a workplace that not only embraced diversity but celebrated it.

When I saw that Methodist was ranked second in the nation on DiversityInc’s list of most diverse health systems and hospitals, I knew I had found what I was looking for. I applied immediately. I was hired! And today, I work as an institutional and HR coordinator in Graduate Medical Education for Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Joining Methodist is my proudest accomplishment.

I’m proud of all that I’ve accomplished, but joining Methodist tops the list. This organization’s values, genuine concern for patients and employees, and devotion to employee engagement can’t help but make my heart beam with pride.

My background as a Marine still shapes my daily work. The military taught me how to be adaptable and how to bloom wherever I am planted. I was also taught the importance of diversity. In the military, I traveled to many different locations so I met people of many cultures. Diversity became something that I value and celebrate.

I get the exact feeling at Methodist. This health system truly lives and breathes diversity. I’ve seen and experienced it, and you can too.

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