In this video, Florent Groberg and Spencer Milo challenge veterans to contemplate their own stories. What passions were present prior to joining the military? What are the paths that led to joining the military? Discover what makes you unique and uncover your passions as you make the transition into the civilian world.
- Now, one of the most important things that you can do when you're transitioning is to think back about all your experiences. Why your path took you into the military, and why that specific path is taking you to this great, new, big, bright possibility, you're transitioning. Now, I want you to look at your life, your foundation. Where does that come from? Who were the influencers in your foundation? Think back from the way when you were a little kid, those experiences, how they shaped you.
What struggles did you go through as a kid that you can today look back and see how it affected yourself in your path, and the person that you are today? Set foundation. What were your goals and how did that change? What specific events happened around you or directly to you that today shaped you into the type of mindset that you have? When did you start coming into your own? When did you understand who you truly were, or what your aspirations and goals were going to be as you grew? Think about, is there a turning point in your life? Like mine, 9/11, that was my catalyst.
My uncle was a turning point and I had a catalyst, 9/11. What about you? Is there a specific moment in your life that changed everything for you, or maybe it cemented a mindset and made you realize this is exactly who I want to be and how I'm going to do it. It gave you a goal and a purpose and a passion. And then, take a step back and remember and think about, what made you join? Why did you want to go into the military? What was your goal with the military? Where did you want to end up? - Talk to your friends, talk to the people that know you best and ask them, you know, say hey, who am I? If you could sum me up in five words, what would those five words be, and go from there.
Talk to the people that know you, that deal with you every day. You know, I remember I had that conversation with my wife and I said hey Sarah, I said, who am I, what do you think, what are my strengths? You know, and her big thing, well you know you have a huge heart, you want to help people, you work hard, you're stubborn, and you know, okay, so I got three things right there. I like to work hard. There is not a single employer in the world that is not going to want someone that's going to work hard.
I have a big heart, I'm loyal, I want to help people, that's another thing, people want that, and then I'm stubborn. Well, you know, some people can look at being stubborn as a negative, but there are ways to look at being stubborn as a positive too. It just means that you're motivated to do things the right way, and as long as you can adapt, you know, being stubborn can be a good thing. So, talk to the people around you, ask them who you are. You know, don't be afraid to do that, and have some self-reflection, don't be afraid to fail. - You can't know where you're going without understanding where you come from, and as you think about that next step, remember of all those experiences that you've had and how they made you who you are today.
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