Finding a job after transitioning out of the military does not mean you've reached the end of your transition. In this video, Florent Groberg discusses the challenges veterans face as they join the workforce. He covers anxiety when starting a new job, navigating dress codes, and making connections. He also emphasizes getting familiar what the employer's expectations.
- A lot of us think that once you get a job you can relax, you've completed your transition. If you're in this position, you've probably figured out by now your transition does not stop the moment you start a new job. In many ways, it's just the beginning. I'm not too far into my transition, but here is what I've learned. First of all, it is completely normal to feel some anxiety or stress. I did, and I didn't know how to handle that at first.
Next, many things are different, from dressing to communication. It was entirely different world and I knew that I had to adjust quickly, but again, how? For example, I didn't know what business casual meant, then I learned through all of my experiences and talking to my mentors that a business shirt or a polo, khakis, and business shoes, technically was business casual. All right, so these are the kinds of things you can ask your mentor about.
Connection is important. I found veterans within my organizations and I asked them every question in the world. I befriended them and ate lunch with them, I wanted to know their stories. I wanted that social support. I asked them questions that I never thought I would ask. Questions such as, how do I get to this location at this time and what are the expectations? How do I address one of my bosses? Is it going to be sir, boss, John, Mr. Jones? I didn't know.
Simple questions, but I just didn't know the answer and that's why I asked. One lesson I took from my military days into my new civilian career was becoming a subject matter expert at the basics. This holds true as a civilian. Know what the expectations are and be the best at them. Be a team player and challenge yourself to have fun. One big thing I learned was the importance of routines. As you know, in the military, I had the same routine everyday. I woke up at 04:15, got ready and I was at work by 06:00 for the first call.
By 06:30 we saluted the flag and sang the unit song, then we had physical training until 08:00. This was everyday, one garrison, That was our routine. Finding a new routine is critical for you. Today as a civilian, I wake up at 06:00 and I work out before work. I need to get my body moving and reset my mindset before a full day. Settling in is a process, don't rush it, don't give up.
Again, your first job after service doesn't have to be your last job. As long as you go in with an open mind and you learn as much as you can from the opportunity, you'll continue to grow as a professional.
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