Not all of us have a great job, governmental or otherwise, waiting for us when we transition from the military into civilian life. For most of us, the journey to our post-military future begins with completing the transition process, and then finding some suitable civilian employment during that first twelve months of our post-military life. Some defer this for a period of time by going to school or taking time-off, planned or otherwise. However most of us, an estimated 93% of those that separate and retire from the service, have to find an organizational job with a company or government entity, or strike out on their own as an entrepreneur. For the vast majority of us, the transition can occur as stressful, intimidating and at times overwhelming.
If you are a Military member who is about to enter (or has already entered) civilian life, you may be struggling with:
- Discovering a civilian career that utilizes your military skills.
- Losing the prestige of rank (Moving from “Col Smith” to just “Scott” or “Laura”).
- Performing duties in civilian jobs that were once considered beneath your rank. (Be sure to read my bathroom-cleaning story on the “About John” page for my first exposure to this one.)
- Learning how to develop yourself in your new life.
- Missing the sense of comradery your military unit provided.
- Finding like-minded individuals in civilian life.
The questions you may be pondering can feel debilitating…
- Will my skills sets transfer?
- Am I going to be able to fit in with a civilian work culture?
- Will anyone want to hire me?
- Will I be able to reestablish myself in the civilian world?
As a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, Certified Coach and Landmark Education leader, I am passionate about helping military professionals to transition to civilian life.
If this has reached you, know that you can quickly discover:
- Clarity surrounding your purpose.
- A career that aligns with your passions.
- The confidence needed to be successful in your new life.