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Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime

Major Otto Padron (Reserve, Officer), talks about experience/benefits - civilian role is Senior VP of Programming and Promotion at Univision. ROTC program gave him the opportunity to attend the school that he wanted to go to, and not just ...

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    CATEGORY: Medicine

    TAGS: Family Practice Medical Corps

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    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Careers

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    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Civil Affairs Army Reserve

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  • Otto Padron

    Otto describes how his Army Reserve service helped him develop leadership skills...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Army Reserve Infantry

    Otto Padron
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  • The Campus Cadre

    Soldiers describe the role of the cadre of the ROTC program. Role of the Cadre i...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Leadership

    The Campus Cadre
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  • Skills That Last A Lifetime

    Soldiers describe the benefits of leadership in the real/civilian world, what RO...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Leadership

    Skills That Last A Lifetime
    02:02
  • The Making of an Army Officer

    Watch Soldiers talk about their personal experiences in the ROTC. “I wanted to h...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Leadership

    The Making of an Army Officer
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    TAGS: ROTC West Point

    Making of an Officer
    02:21
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    CATEGORY: ROTC

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    Making of an Officer
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  • Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime

    Major Otto Padron (Reserve, Officer), talks about experience/benefits - civilian...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Army Reserve

    Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime
    02:41
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Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime

Major Otto Padron (Reserve, Officer), talks about experience/benefits - civilian role is Senior VP of Programming and Promotion at Univision. ROTC program gave him the opportunity to attend the school that he wanted to go to, and not just ...

My name is Otto Padron. I'm a Senior Vice President of Programming and Promotion here at Univision. I'm also a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. My MOS, 11-Alpha, Infantry. My informal introduction into television was at a very young age. My father was an engineer so I got to see a little bit more of the technical side of the house. I realized that I didn't want to go in that direction; I wanted to go into the creative direction.
I didn't think a community college was sufficient enough to make me competitive in the corporate world. I wanted to move to a better school; I wanted a higher education. I quickly realized that the ROTC program was going to give me an opportunity to attend the school that I wanted to go to, and not just the school that I could afford.
ROTC is a program that a college student can participate in if either they want to become an Army Officer or they want to improve their leadership skills, team building, mentoring, coaching and decision-making skills to help them after they graduate. The ROTC program was my solution and it was a change of life for me. The only regret I have about ROTC is that I didn't find it earlier.
One of the things that many companies look for when they're recruiting is whether you have some type of military experience. Having done ROTC is only going to help that future college graduate. I definitely do see the effects of his Officer training and his career in the Army in what he does here. He's an extremely dedicated and disciplined person. The ROTC program is much like an MBA.
All my employers see the skill set that having an Army background brought to the team. Leading is a perishable skill, if you don't do it enough, it goes away. Your ability to motivate, inspire and push people to do things that they wouldn't otherwise do is an incredible thing.
It's not often that you see someone like Otto that consistently shows that leadership quality. He's a tremendous executive and we've seen him grow over the years. Major Padron is a graduate of the UM program who is a great example of someone who participated, graduated and went on to be a great success story. Which makes me very proud of our program.
You're the first son who makes it to a big university; I felt accomplished. When I think of myself, I try to define myself as a citizen and as a Soldier. As an immigrant coming to this country, you are eternally grateful and my way of giving back was serving.
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