Join May Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video How critical are mentors to transitioning veterans?, part of LinkedIn for Veterans.
- Mentors are huge. I've had two specific mentors in my life that have really made the difference in allowing me to do a lot of things that I wanted to do with my life when I transitioned out of the military. I think the key here is just to realize that you've always had mentors in the military. Ever since day one, basic training, your drill sergeants, they were your mentors. As you progressed through the ranks, always your team leader, your platoon sergeants, your officers, where always somebody that were trying to mentor you and work on your skills and trying to get you to the next level professionally.
And when you transition out of the military, take that same mindset. Don't think that you don't need that support anymore, you do need that support. So, look for mentors that you think could help take you to the next level professionally as you're transitioning out of the military. LinkedIn, great way to find mentors. I know for me, personally, as a veteran, I accept all veterans that reach out to me and want to ask me questions, and I know a lot of veterans in the veteran community that have done great things in the private sector are the exact same way. So, I encourage you to try to identify potential mentors and really engage them, because they're going to make a difference for you as you're trying to do great things when you transition out of the military.
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