I recently came across a slideshow that CNBC.COM put out a few months ago (through a LinkedIn group) about military members in transition facing a massive adjustment period when returning to civilian life. I felt compelled to respond to the ideas the slideshow and captions introduced regarding veteran employment options.
Military transitioners can do anything they put their minds to! Their career fields don’t have to be limited. Based on my experience, the biggest challenge that military members transitioning into the civilian workforce have is simply translating and understanding the technical and inherent abilities they possess that are valuable to an employer. The best way to do this is to conduct a “skills inventory and self reflection”. I know, this sounds daunting and it may just be BUT it’s worse when you’re trying to pitch your elevator speech to an employer/recruiter and stumble over your words because you haven’t thought about who you are and what you have of value to give. It’s important to know who you are and what you’re about. You don’t get this from a single skills listing. This is one’s ‘foundation’, which is critical for career transition and professional reinvention.
Many of my clients and fellow military professionals go through the reflection period talking to a career professional who asks the right questions. I recently sat with an ‘infantry guy’ who was so frustrated with his transition process because he thought that all he was qualified to do was security-related work, when we finally pointed fingers toward project and program management, fitness instruction, outdoor recreation management, and corporate training as possible industries of interest. “Who would’ve thought?”, he said.
I recently wrote a quick article touching on this very subject as of recent. 100% inspired by my military transitioners! Don’t Let Your Job Title Define You
You can be all you you can be, just like the Army says. Really.
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