Transitioning From the Military to A Civilian Career

According to the Army Times, nearly 20,000 troops will drawdown in 2015, looking for a transition into civilian life. That’s just one branch of the military.

Veterans looking for a career transition have a number of options, thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program. Providing up to 36 months of educational benefits, this incarnation of the program is generally payable for up to 15 years following your release from active duty. The question is, which road to take?

Before considering how to use your GI Bill benefits, there’s one important question you should answer: Where do you want to end up? Deciding what your goals are should be the first step of any career transition, whether it be military to civilian or civilian to civilian – then work backwards.

Set a financial goal. Do you want to make six figures within the next 5 years or are you content with $60,000 for example? Can you see yourself working in technology or does a career in law enforcement fuel your passion? Do you want to be a manager or do you envision yourself lower in the organizational hierarchy?

Pursuing a career you’re aggressively passionate about is important, as you’ll likely spend the majority of hours the rest of your life at work. What can also be crucially important are the metrics of the field you decide to enter. Is it a growing or stagnant field? Are there plentiful jobs in the area or would you have to move?

Once you set your goals, you can work backwards and start implementing a plan that will take you there.

Carolina Career College Career Development Center offers Information Technology training and career placement, and has been named a Military-Friendly School for 2015. Carolina Career College accepts GI Bill funding.

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