The transition from the military to the civil sector is certainly a stressful period and can seem as if all the skills and knowledge you acquired are no longer applicable, but the truth is the exact opposite. Because such skills and experience are acquired in specific situations and conditions, they are rare and therefore wanted. Moving from the military to the civil sector does not have to be stressful, it can be a pleasant way full of new experiences and excitement. You’re probably wondering what options are possible for you when looking for a new and different job? What are the ways in which you can reach new positions and career?
Perhaps you have developed very important and useful skills such as teamwork, discipline, good thinking in critical situations, but also leadership and adaptability to new situational frameworks and people of different characters.
It is quite normal that in this transition from military to civilian employment, you look for ways of getting a higher education, training, and certificates related to a field in which you already have some knowledge. The army even supports these kinds of ventures, and it is best to ask them more about the ways in which they can financially help if you decide to improve your education and go back to school.
What you need to pay attention to
It is very important that you well and thoroughly explore all the opportunities and companies in which you could seek employment. Primarily, focus on whether such firms have special programs that employ veterans, and whether there are some professions that you are interested in, and that ask for for a security clearance. Your biography should highlight all the qualities that people of your experience have. It sets you apart from other candidates that don’t have a military background.
Be your own boss
Have you considered the option to start your own business and be your own boss? Or to partner up with some who you trust and who have enough resources (financial or educational) to help you in this? You have already acquired through the military all the skills and knowledge you need to start your business – personal motivation, integrity, leadership, competitive spirit, vision, and tenacity are just some of them. There are many organizations and administrations whose job is to help veterans find resources for starting their own business.