Five Things Veterans Want You to Know

Only a Veteran can really know what the transition from military to civilian life entails. Here, we share some of their best tips to help you succeed.

What was the most helpful piece of advice you were given when you left the military?
That good jobs will not be easy to secure regardless of military experience.
To take my time making sure I know what I want to do.
I should not be discouraged when there are setbacks to my new career.

What do you wish you would've known? What would you have done differently?
Military experience needs to be explained in civilian terms... i.e. leadership position = management position.
Its not the same out here... DON'T give up, and don't settle for meritocracy!
I would have made a better plan for transitioning.

Who are the contacts that would help a new Veteran the most?
The local veterans benefit advisor.. hands down the most resourceful entity for veterans.
Employment Commission veteran representatives are very helpful.
If you can join a Veteran's group at your College, do so.

What would you tell another service member who wants to return to school?
Seek advice from question #3, you they know what type of help they can get.
Don't be afraid to ask for help even if it takes more than once.
Education is the key to getting a better civilian job.

What has been your biggest struggle in transitioning to civilian life?
Realizing the fact that VERY FEW civilians care about your service. Mostly because they do not have education or experience with military. Many just assume, or rely on hearsay.
Not having a good enough plan laid out to follow. It took me quite a while to develop this.

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