In this movie, Florent Groberg discusses the importance of knowing your own value as you transition out of the military. Identify your personal value so that you can leverage it for a potential employer. Take an inventory to determine your value. Review the skills the military teaches, working with diverse people, stress management, developing technical expertise and teamwork to identify your strengths.
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- As you begin thinking about your transition, you must understand your value and the value you can bring to your potential employer. During my transition, I learned that my most valuable and challenging lesson was to understand my own value. What could I bring to a potential employer? How can my experiences in the military translate to the civilian world? Understanding your value starts by taking an inventory. Here's what I want you to do. Look at your performance reviews and identify your leadership skills and the military technical expertise you've obtained.
Alright, we hear leadership all the time. But what does that mean when it comes to military leadership? There are the typical traits associated with military leadership. Discipline, integrity, work ethic, and selfless service. And, though that is enough by itself, is that all that we bring to the table? Well, let's look at it. The most important trait that I took back from my military was the ability to work with individuals from all over the country and the world.
In the civilian world, these are known as diversity skills. To find success in our military, it is necessary to train, follow, support, and motivate a diverse team with many different cultural backgrounds. This is important. As you transition into the civilian world, you already know how to follow, lead, and support others from different backgrounds. This experience alone sets you apart from other candidates in the job markets.
Another important trait is how good you are at dealing with stress. That's a fact. From day one, we are put in stressful situations to teach us one particular lesson. To be successful, we must learn to work as a team and leave our selfish ambitions at the door. Personal success will always come to those who are willing to put in the work as a member of a team. We learn that in our military.
And it holds true in the civilian world. Except that, while learning that lesson, you also learn how to deal with the most stressful situation. So much so that, when things are calm, you probably feel a bit uncomfortable. I went through this myself. My team was at our best under combat and our worst in garrison when things were slow. Another important thing to consider is your technical expertise.
This is an add-on for you. Another tool to put in your kit bag. The ability to manage your workforce as a technical expert. What do I mean? Here's an example. Companies are looking for network security engineers. They want people who can protect their networks and sensitive information. They need an Army 35 Quebec enlistee. They need you. Here's another example. Companies need project managers to guide projects from inception to conclusion, to keep people on task, insure deliverables are met, and to hit deadlines.
They need an 11 Bravo. What you learn as a team leader directly translates into what these companies are looking for. Look, don't fail yourself by believing a misperception that your military career does not translate into a civilian career. You, above all, are the most qualified person to transition. Corporate America needs your leadership skills, your technical expertise, and the warrior ethos tat is embedded in all of us.
They want a person that knows how to work in a team, how to follow, and, most importantly, lead when it is their time to do so. Yes, you're special. Not only because you chose to serve your country, but because you learned to operate under the most stressful situations while always remaining a professional. And that is something that you only learn through experience.
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