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Skills Veterans Can Leverage for Smoother Career Transition

A solider wearing a USA flag patchVeterans returning to civilian life go through a lot of changes. Job hunting, in fact, is one of the most important changes veterans shoulder upon coming back home. This is especially true for veterans who sustained severe injuries during their service.

Fortunately, unemployment rates for male and female veterans, as well as veterans with disabilities, have all gone down since 2017. The overall unemployment rate has also reached a record low since 2000 as job openings increase. Veterans may find they have more career paths they can pursue, thanks in part to the experience and skills they’ve gained while on active duty.

If you’re a veteran, consider leveraging these three skills when looking for employment.

Natural Leadership Skills

Project Vanguards, a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification training center, notes that veterans’ natural leadership and project management expertise makes them a good fit for professional project managers.

You can transition into this career with the help of some training and credentials. The discipline you’ve developed while in the military would help you during the training period, as well. PMP review centers that offer discounts, or even full grants, for veterans also exist.

Engineering Training

Specialized engineering and mechanical training in the military can help you find a job as an engineer or technician. Possible career choices are mechanical engineering or electrical engineering technician. There are many engineering job openings in various sectors, as well.

In fact, try applying for jobs in the aerospace and defense sector. Take note that more technical jobs in this sector would require a college degree. If you are set on this path, you can use your GI Bill benefits to earn your degree.

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Telecommunication Skills

The US military’s reliance on advanced computer and telecommunications systems means many active-duty soldiers gain skills and hands-on experience that fit the information technology industry. The continuous job growth within the IT industry makes it a viable career choice.

You may need to take supplementary classes or training to expand your IT skills, though, depending on the kind of job you want to have.

Transitioning from the military life to a civilian one may be challenging. Leverage the variety of skills you’ve honed as active-duty military personnel to help you land the right job and smooth the transition process.

  • Posted on August 17, 2018