Leverage the your military experience to transition into the civilian world. In this movie, Jared Shepard and Spencer Milo discuss how accountability and working through adversity are the skills employers seek. Veteran Ben Harrow also discusses the importance of having a plan before you transition, a plan before you "leave the wire". Make an assessment of the tools in your inventory—what you possess and what you need.
- Transition is a, it's a challenge and it's scary. You know, the military is the hardest easy job in the world. I say that because, you know, they tell us what to wear, they tell us where to be, they tell us how to be there. They tell us what the priority of our mission is, they tell us how to do that mission, and they tell us what success looks like. The civilian world isn't really that way. It's not as clearly defined, it's not as easy to approach, we have to figure out how to approach it on our own and then we have to figure out how to navigate it on our own. - And there are so many skills in the military that you learn from day one, as soon as you get to basic training.
You know, I think one of the biggest things that people are taught is accountability, and not just for you, but for others, and I think that's one of those things that people take for granted. Accountability is a really important thing. You know how to be accountable for yourself, your own actions, your team's actions, and that's something that you don't lose. Don't lose that, you know, you work hard, you are brought up in the military to learn a entire four years worth that someone may get a degree for, but you're told in six months you need to master this skill. So, the fact that anybody can do that in the military, use that to your advantage.
You know, take that into your interviews, take that into your new career and know that hey, whatever they give me, I can still do this. I'll be able to do it to the best of my ability and use those attributes that helped you in the military, that you learned in the military. Use those to move forward. - You can do it probably more successfully than somebody who isn't prepared for it, because you've faced adverse environments and you've faced challenges that the average person has never even seen or thought about. You just have to be able to believe in yourself and believe in that you can take that experience from the military and make that effective transition out of the military and use those skills, not, and that experience, not necessarily as a crutch, but as a leverage to accomplish the goal, and the goal is, of course, make that successful transition.
Don't worry about what color the grass is on the other side of the fence. It's just grass, get over the fence. And if you can do that, you can move on with your life, 'cause the transition isn't just, you know, as we talked about earlier, transition isn't just about you separating from the military, it's about your whole life changing, and that's not a bad thing, it's a good thing, it's a new opportunity, it's a new opportunity for success. It's you being able to take all the things that you've done so far and become something more, and doing so with the experience of having served your country.
- Definitely, before you get out, before those 90 days are up, you have a plan just like anything else that you do in the army, and whatever branch of service that you're in, you have a plan before you actually leave the wire, and that's something that you want to have researched, whether that's that you're going to back to grad school, whether that's you need to go back to grad school, whether that's you want to go back to grad school. At least have a general idea of what that next thing is. I think that the hardest thing for people to do is try and figure out some sort of correlation between what they enjoyed doing in the military and figuring out how do I make that happen for me in the civilian world.
- You know, the first thing that you really have to do regardless of what stage of transition you're in is you have to make an assessment of where you stand. It's kind of like doing a PCI, right? It's, you're laying everything out that you have together and you're going to see what it is, what tools do you have in your inventory right now that you can use in that transition. And you have to be honest with yourself about it, you have to truly understand what is that you have and what it is that you need versus what it is that you want. Everybody wants a lot, but what do you actually need to be successful to start out with? And that requires planning, right? Nobody goes into a mission blind, nobody goes and does something without preparation, but you know, the old military analogy of, you know, no plan survives first contact, you have to be prepared for that.
And if you are prepared for that, then you can respond to anything that the civilian world's going to throw at you and be successful.
Discover how to understand your strengths and value, where your skills fit into today's job market, and how to translate your experience into a solid resume. Learn how a mentor can help you navigate the transition and open up new opportunities. With Flo's advice, you can find a new purpose and continue the journey you started in the military—bringing your talents to bear on a whole new mission in life.
- Taking initiative
- Understanding your value
- Translating your experiences
- Building your resume
- Using a mentor
- Setting realistic expectations
- Building a network
- Transitioning into a new job
- Bonus videos featuring stories of transition from veterans