Transitioning From Military Service Into The Business World Can Be A Challenge: Here Are 5 Things That Can Help

Every four to six years, every service member needs to make a big decision regarding their future. For some, this decision is pretty easy as they know they wish to retire from the military, but even still, deciding to reenlist is a big deal. Transitioning out of the military offers a little more time control for many than does the military, but some of the structure, and things like health insurance and steady pay can be scary to leave behind.

Luckily, for those veterans who are transitioning into civilian life, whether as retirees or simply after their service commitment, there are many resources to help make it smooth, regardless of which path they choose. Many people know about the G.I. Bill, a piece of legislation that allows veterans to get full tuition covered at most 4-year colleges. It also pays for housing costs while classes are in session. For servicemembers wishing to transition straight to the business world, there are many equal perks and opportunities. Here are 5 resources to check out.

Self-Evaluation

The most important part about transitioning is realizing the vastness of opportunities afforded to you as a veteran with a solid skillset and an unrivaled ability to work under pressure. With this, it’s important to set aside a very large block of time to do a self-evaluation of what is going to be important to you in the civilian world. Money, family time, freedom, locale, working remotely vs. an office, and a lot more will come into play. Don’t just follow a trend without first looking very deeply inward, as the civilian world is so much larger than the military one.

Mentors

Every new duty station tells their new members to find a mentor… and that stuff works! Finding a mentor who has successfully transitioned to civilian life will help you with this part of your career, as well, and one of the most common traits of a veteran is that they like helping other veterans. From fiscal management tips to building a more refined set of social skills (lingo in the mess hall is a little different than lingo in the break room), and everything in between, having a mentor to ask questions to is very important.

It can be hard to find a veteran mentor in your locale, but these resources can help:

  • Heroes Linked – Mentor finder – app available
  • USAA – Also an insurance company, but a strong commitment in helping transitioning vets
  • Veterati – Mentor finder

Entrepreneur Training

More than 2.5 million businesses in the United States are owned by veterans, and the skills and ability to perform under immense pressure makes the military entrepreneur one who is groomed for success. Finding an entrepreneurial mentor who is a veteran, as mentioned above, can be a catalyst to greatness, just as registering your business as a veteran-owned business can be. By registering your small business as veteran-owned, your business has better access to capital, extra support from the government, and the ability to do work within the VA. Only veteran-owned companies do work with the VA, an organization that employs more than 365,000 individuals and has almost 1,300 health care facilities nationwide.

Job Boards

A lot of military jobs translate very well directly to the civilian sector, and if you believe your skillset fits this mold, there are a lot of job boards specifically for veterans that you can find online. Here are some of the most used:

  • Vet Jobs – Online job board for vets
  • USA Jobs – Federal job board that gives priority to veterans
  • net – Job board for transitioning servicemembers with security clearance
  • Military Hire – Online job board for vets
  • Hire a Hero – Online job board for vets

Another organization called recruitmilitary offers a job board, and also has a traveling job fair that most likely gets pretty close to where you are! So don’t be afraid to take a look.

Confidence

Utilizing these resources won’t help you nearly as much if you don’t approach the business world with confidence. Yes, there will be some new struggles, and yes, some things will be very foreign to you, but remember: if you can succeed in the military, you can succeed anywhere.

Jesse Lindquist


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