In this video, Florent Groberg and Jared Shepard discuss the importance of finding a veteran mentor who has successfully transitioned out of the military. Together they discuss the critical steps of becoming open to mentorship and finding a mentor. A veteran mentor will help present opportunities never considered.
- An important part of transitioning is finding that mentor. Jared Shepard is my mentor. He's a former E5 in the Army. He was an infantry guy, a signals guy who transitioned from the Army into corporate America. He started his own business and he's going to be here talking to you about ways to make that transition successfully. - When you talk about mentorship, nobody gets to where they are on path without mentors. I am where I am today because of mentors, and there was a time when I used to believe that it was just the right mentors in the right place in the right time, and what I've learned now that I've worked with so many Veterans, and helped so many Veterans in transition, and really made the transition myself is that it's not about the right mentors, it's about being receptive to mentors, and being able to ingest what somebody tells you, and take the things that apply to you, and use those things, and be okay with the fact that the other stuff doesn't apply to you.
You don't necessarily have to abide by it, and it sure isn't a waste of your time to listen to it. - I've been there. It took me a long time, and I was lucky. I'm one of the lucky ones 'cause I was wounded, and by that, I was given about 2 1/2 years to transition. - Okay (laughs). I think you were lucky to get wounded (laughs). - (laughs) No, I obviously I wish I had never been wounded, but I was given an opportunity to go out there, and really find a next passion in 2 1/2 years. Many of you don't have that opportunity. Many of you have 90 days, so that's why it's really important that you start thinking about it about a year, a year and a half prior.
If you're even thinking about potentially transitioning out of the services, seek that mentor. Go network around where other Veterans who have transitioned, and just kind of find that potential fit that you want to go explore in the civilian side. - Mentorship is so important not just because it's going to give you the path ahead, but it's going to give ideas you didn't think about. When Flo and I first started out, he didn't know what he wanted to do, and I had a million ideas about what he could do. Most of them didn't necessarily appeal to him, and that's okay, but you could start and do something that you don't even know you're capable of, and that mentor can help you on that path.
It can give you the idea that there's potential there that you weren't even aware of just by him observing you from the outside. - Absolutely, I still remember to this day, I did not know what I wanted to do, and I was sort of pushing people aside, and in my own head, I just wanted to be an infantryman, but Jared opened my eyes. He gave me an opportunity to explore different paths, and because of that mentorship that I received from him, I was able to fall in love with a new career, and that was my third try because the first two tries that we put together on paper, and we actually went out there and tried them, I didn't like it, and I would come back to Jared and say, this is not for me, and Jared said okay, well let's go back to the drawing board, and let's figure out what that next step is for you in terms of passion.
We tried something else, didn't work out, went back and the third try was a charm. - That's the key thing is the hardest part about transitioning, especially somebody who's very passionate, you're going to be passionate about mission, that's why you served your country, that's why you took the oath.. Mission is so important to Veterans. Our country is so important to Veterans. Our family is so important to Veterans. What you have to learn is, how do you take that passion and refocus it? It doesn't mean you don't care anymore. It doesn't mean that you don't believe in the mission anymore. It simply means that you're going to refocus the energy that you put into something, and that your family puts into something so that you can be successful.
- You need to take a chance, it's a chance. It's a leap of faith at times, it really is because you might not feel comfortable in a potential enterprise that you're about to enter because you did not do that in the military. - And it's okay, it's okay to fail. It's okay to try something out that didn't work out, and then you try something else out. In Flo's case, a very capable individual, it took him three tries, and he still wasn't sure what he wanted to do until he really just put his foot into the water, until he really actually tried it, and he said, man I think this fits.
I think this is what I want to do. - It's true, and I needed his support. I needed the support of his staff. - That didn't make him less of a soldier or less of a man, or less of an infantryman to ask for help, to need help, we all do. At some point, we all need someone to help us. - Take your time, find a mentor. You will be amazed at how that will help you find success in your transition, just like Jared helped me in mine. - And people helped me in mine.
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