In this video, Jared Shepard and Florent Groberg challenge veterans who have successfully transitioned to give back and help those leaving the military. Florent encourages veterans to pass on what they've learned and remind other veterans of the value they bring to potential employers.
- I want to speak to those of you who have already made the transition, or who are well into their transition and have a good path ahead. There's a responsibility that you carry. When you've made that transition and you've successfully entered the civilian world, you have to find a way to give back. That's the idea of mentorship, not just that someone helps you, but then you come back and help someone else. The other veterans that you've seen in this video all have taken time and put energy and effort into trying to help you because someone helped them. - It's just like in the military, we've never left a fallen comrade.
If someone stumbles, rolls their ankle, we reach our hand down and we pull them up. That's because we are a team, we support each other. So, pass on what you've learned. Talk to them about the obstacles and struggles you overcame, reinforce the value they can bring to a potential employer, how their skills and experiences acquired through their military service are exactly what companies are looking for. Share your transition goals and plan.
Remember the five W's, who, what, when, where, why? Well, they still work in the civilian world, and they definitely work in transition. Tell them about who you network with, what steps you took, when you took those steps, where you find success, and why you chose your next mission. Teach them the importance of networking, show them how connecting with other veterans in the workforce helped you on your journey.
Talk to them about the tough decisions, yes, the tough decisions. Where do they want to live? What is their passion? How much money do they need to maintain their current lifestyles? Listen to them and be prepared to answer all their questions with the same motivation that you had when you were in their shoes. And when someone trusts and listens to your words, it becomes your responsibility to guide them on the right path and support them when anxiety and questions creep in.
And as we all know, they do. Look, the reality is, some veterans don't even know the first step to finding a mentor. Some will even be resistant, and sometimes you'll need to be proactive and go find that veteran that needs your help. It will not always be the right timing, so be patient with them, play the long game. And when that time is right and they're ready, accept this new challenge and pull your fellow veteran up.
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