Retiring from the military and finding a career for your post-military life can be daunting.
For the past 20-plus years you have focused mainly on working in a team to accomplish a military mission.
Now you are on your own as you retire from the military. But with the same planning and resourcefulness that you used during your military career, you will be able to find a career after retiring from the military.
Brian Henry, senior vice president of operations for Orion International, the nation’s largest military recruiting firm, offers career advice to service members who are retiring from the military. Henry, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran himself, knows firsthand what it is like to leave the “known” and search for a new career. Here are several excellent suggestions from Henry to help ease your military transition.
After reading these suggestions, be sure to register for the upcoming G.I. Jobs Virtual Career Expo, where you can chat one-on-one with recruiters looking to hire veterans. Registration is free, but seats are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot at the link below today!
1.) When you look for a job after you get out of the military, treat your career search like a military mission.
Numerous variables factor into your transition. Henry says that when you are retiring from the military, you should “go on a fact-finding mission to explore what you want to do.” A little research and planning goes a long way in finding a career, much like forward mission planning in the military.
“Ask yourself what your drivers are,” he says. “What type of lifestyle would you like? Do you want to travel for your job? What type of industry do you want to work in? Is there a geographic location that you prefer? Based on these drivers, you can eliminate things you do not want to do or places where you do not want to live and then begin to narrow down your ideal career.”