Going Home – Military Career Transitioning

Going Home – Military Career Transitioning

You want to go home. It’s time for you to go home. And stay home.

They said this mystery never shall cease: the priest promotes war, and the soldier peace. ---William Blake

And just like any other mission, you need to prepare. Prepare to succeed.

You’ve been a military professional, and you want a life with your family now. Get to know your loved ones all over again.

But here’s the thing that’s so totally scary— you know the economy is horrible, and you know you need a good job.

You know your best chance in the civilian job market is to segue the skills you learned in the military— to translate those skills into civilian employment.

But now that you’re home, you run into a stone wall. It’s harder to compete for jobs than you thought. Why?

Because you’ve been out of the market.

You’ve fallen behind the jobseekers at home. Many of your job-competition have been going to school, retraining, and staying up-to-date with current technology.

But you? You’ve had no time… with three military tours, four military tours, with so much time away. You’ve had no time to retrain, no time to finish your degree, or even upgrade your training to stay current.

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All those tours mean just this— the civilians (that you now must compete with for jobs) have had years of unfair advantage to keep their educations current.

When you go to job interviews, you are up against other non-military candidates who were never ordered away from their homes.

It isn’t fair, right? But who ever said life’s fair? So that’s a raw deal, but what do you do? Lay down?

No way. You’re no quitter. You fight back. You have a good brain and you know how to use it.

Its up to you to make it fair.

How? Educate, educate, educate!

First, lay out your path ahead. There are many tools to help guide you forward.

You are reading a good one right now, GRAD2B. We have the civilian side covered, use our info as a guide.

And there is good government info for you, on career transition from military to civilian life.

For example, check out the info links at — http://www.careeronestop.org/militarytransition/

  • Assessment and Learning Styles
  • Career Assessment
  • Research Skill Assessment
  • Search for Short-Term Training Programs
  • Search for Education and Training Programs
  • Find a Certification
  • Guides to Colleges and Universities
  • Selecting a School or Provider
  • Federal Job Training Programs
  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Eligible Training Providers
  • Education Resources
  • Research Lifelong Learning
  • Get Help in Funding Your Education
  • Research Financial Aid
  • Find Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans
  • Overview of Financial Aid

And here are more branch-specific sites— to show you how to use the military training you do have, to earn credits at many institutions of higher learning—

Its catch-up time. Whether you realize it or not, you do have the tools you need.

And you need, most of all, to learn exactly how to make those tools work for you. Here at GRAD2B we offer many career path aids.

Maybe you were an infantryman. Police work could be a way to go. You learned the rough side, now go to school and learn the investigative and criminology side.

Maybe you were a tracked vehicle mechanic. The civilian world is shaped by tracked vehicles, bulldozers of all kinds. Go get some specific training and build on what you already know.

Maybe you were a medic. A host of training and coursework is perfect for you to become a nurse, a surgical tech, or even a doctor.

Communications? The new business model is ideal for you. The web, cell phone tech, so many courses are available to build on your Mil-Comm training.

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Interpreter? Many big corporations need interpreters worldwide. You just need to polish your business language skills first.

How to pay for this retraining, this upgrading of your existing knowledge?

Search GRAD2B for all the grants and programs you need. We have extensive articles on grants and loans, and aid packages for ex-military.

Study GRAD2B to examine and consider the many types of career options. Chose the one that fits you best.

Look at the many options you have for institutions that offer the courses you need— to achieve the training to update your skills.

It’s all about transitioning. Career planning. Education and training.

Get the credentials and certifications you need, for the job you want.

Find the school that fits you best, either in your area, or online.

TIME TO GO HOME?

Prepare to succeed! Educate, educate, educate!

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