What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
A military transition to civilian life marks a pivotal moment for service members. It’s a time filled with potential and possibilities. Yet, it can also be daunting, particularly when establishing a new career. The critical first step to a seamless transition is decisive: determining the career you aspire to pursue in the civilian job market.
Consider this: your civilian career is not just a job; it’s the backbone of your post-military life. If you fail to make this pivotal decision, you leave your future to chance rather than shaping it with purposeful choices. Making an informed and deliberate decision regarding your career path is equivalent to steering your future in your desired direction.
Run A Sanity Check
When deciding on a career, it's important to ask yourself a few key questions. First, consider whether there is demand for this career outside the military. Additionally, consider whether it will allow you to live your desired lifestyle. Consider whether this career can withstand the threats of automation and economic disruptions such as pandemics in today's fast-changing world.
Prepare For Your Military Transition
Passing a “sanity check” is crucial when choosing a career. Once you’ve found a career that ticks all the boxes, you can start preparing for it. This involves pursuing necessary degrees and certifications and building connections within your chosen field. Networking is about finding opportunities and building relationships that provide support, advice, and mentorship.
The Way Ahead
Committing to a career goal gives you a clear path forward and increases your chances of a smooth transition. By planning with intent and arming yourself with the right qualifications and network, you’re not just preparing for a job but setting the stage for a fulfilling civilian life that honors the skills and experiences you’ve gained in military service.
Embarking on this journey with decisiveness and determination will make all the difference. As you transition to civilian life, remember that the skills and discipline you’ve honed in the military are your assets. Use them to propel yourself towards a future that’s not left to fate but one that you’ve actively chosen and prepared for.