In this video, Jared Shepard lays the foundation for transitioning out of the military—asking for help and being receptive. Being vulnerable enough to seek help and humble enough to receive help do not take anything way from who you are, rather they empower you to take the next step forward.
- We talk about tools, we talk about the ability to use tools. We talk about the idea of going out and using technology to be able to help make this transition easier. We talk about networking, we talk about socialization, we talk about understanding the human side of all these interactions, but we haven't really talked about you. And the important thing about you that you have to understand is you can't do this alone, and that's okay. It doesn't take anything away from what you've done or who you are, but you have to be able to ask for help.
You have to be able to be receptive. I used to think that I am where I am today, as a successful business person, because I had just the right mentors at the right time. As I've gotten older, I've kind of learned that I don't think that's the case. It's not the right mentors at the right time, it was that I was receptive to mentorship, and it's not an easy thing to do. When you serve, you think other people don't understand you. When you serve, you think people who haven't just don't get it, but that's not true.
Everybody, everyone, everywhere can teach you something, but you have to be big enough to allow them to. You have to be big enough to close your mouth for a moment and open your ears and listen to people, and that's a hard skill to learn. And being able to learn how to process those kind of things and use those kind of things to better yourself and to better those that are around you, and in the long run to give it back and help mentor somebody else, all those things are critical, and it's the only way you're going to truly be successful is if you're willing to ask for help, if you're willing to listen to help, and you're willing to grow from help.
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