Honoring Our Veterans: Scott O’Shaughnessy

Scott served in the Navy for 26 years and was known for creating an inclusive environment that resulted in sailors reenlisting. Scott has been able to translate many of the skills he developed while serving to his current role, in which he is a program manager for McKinstry’s Technical Services team for Western Washington construction. Scott manages a team of technical experts that handle the daily operations of building design, construction, operations, maintenance and overhaul.

In the Q&A below, you can learn more about Scott’s experience in the Navy and as a veteran.

Learn More About Scott’s Experience:

What branch of the military did you service in?

I served in the Navy for 26 years. 

What was the most memorable/proud moment you had while serving?

The military can be a socially difficult time for some people. I was very proud of creating an environment that caused multiple of my sailors to re-enlist. The most memorable moment was re-enlisting someone else named Scott O’Shaughnessy.

How has your time in the military influenced your current career?

My time in the Navy gave me the perfect foundation of knowledge and skills to lead me toward success at McKinstry because I had very similar job responsibilities, but my work was targeted at buildings that floated.  

What is the most important skill you learned from your time in service?

Systems thinking was the most important skill I learned from my time in service because it showed me how to view factors in a holistic way—this allowed me to understand certain interactions that could contribute to a possible outcome. 

How have you been able to utilize skills you learned from serving in the military in your current role at McKinstry?

The skills I’ve learned from the Navy have translated into an ability for me to be able to step back and look at the big picture, analyze a situation and make an educated decision based on factual data.  

How has McKinstry benefited from you and your prior experiences?

I have shown McKinstry the power of leadership. Leadership is more effective than plain old management because employees have a good example of what professional success looks like—This translates into more autonomous employees.  

How has your experience been with McKinstry’s “Hiring Our Heroes” Program?

Amazing, I’ve been a big proponent of that program from the beginning.  

What advice do you have for recent veterans moving into civilian roles?

Take advantage of the current transition programs available, like Hiring Our Heroes. Don’t be afraid to reach out and connect to your network and come on over the water is just fine out here.

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