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Second Career? Where do I start?

Brett Ulander

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Categories: Active Duty, Veterans

Transitioning to your second career is exciting and full of options!

Background Information:

When you start preparing for your second career you should look at it with both excitement and also as if you are managing a project.  Your military specialty can some times carry you to another full career or just a few years depending on your background and goals.  For example, a pilot, medical professional, law enforcement officer transition well to a full time career in the civilian sector. But what if you are a sniper, or ordnance man (load bombs onto attack aircraft), or simply don't have a very transferable skill to the civilian sector or if you just want to do something different, then you need to "manage" your transition a little more thoughtfully. The best advice I received early in my Navy career that prepared me for civilian life was very simple: Manage your military career to do your last tour on shore duty and not deployed.  That was fantastic advice along with taking Transition Assistance Program (TAP) class, going to job fairs and talking with other military friends that recently transitioned. It is great to find a mentor and in many cases, its not what you know, its who you know!.  

Experience Information:

I'll never forget my job first interview.  I found the position online.  They were looking for someone with military leadership experience. Okay got that. They wanted someone with experience managing projects. Okay, managed a curriculum upgrade at a schoolhouse at NAS Pensacola, plus many detachments, military missions, etc...  Finally, they wanted to integrate some leadership skills into other departments in the organization. How hard could that resume was a pretty good match. A few weeks later, I received a phone call and an invitation to interview.