Successful Military to Civilian Transition, New Career Change Guide from Career Key

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Making a successful military to civilian transition is a challenge. Career Key’s new online guide for military to civilian career change recommends five strategies to help veterans prepare for this unique transition.

How to make a successful military to civilian transition and career change.

Make a Successful Military to Civilian Transition

One of the main barriers to hiring veterans is veterans’ difficulty in translating their military experience to the civilian workplace.

Making a successful military to civilian transition is a challenge. To help veterans navigate this challenge, career planning leader Career Key, http://www.careerkey.org, has published a new online guide for military to civilian career change. In it, Career Key recommends five strategies to prepare for this unique transition.

In light of changing deployments and budget cuts, many more people are shifting from a military career to a new civilian career path. So it is important to help veterans identify and overcome the transition’s challenges. Career Key’s new online guide advises military personnel how to:

1. Anticipate potential emotional and psychological problems, with strategies for minimizing adjustment problems;
2. Know themselves by identifying career and education options that match their personality and abilities;
3. Know and research their career options;
4. Make good decisions through a practical, science-based decision making method; and
5. Prepare for cultural differences, in particular the differences between military and civilian employers.

Preparing for cultural differences between military and civilian employers is critical to making a successful military to civilian transition. For example, military personnel must be able to explain their job skills and how they meet a civilian employer’s needs. A number of recent studies and surveys show that many struggle with this aspect of the transition.

In June 2012, the Center for a New American Security reported that from business employers’ perspective, one of the main barriers to hiring veterans is veterans’ difficulty in translating their military experience to the civilian workplace.

In 2012, a Prudential Financial, Inc. survey found that 69% of veterans reported “finding a job” as the greatest challenge in transitioning to civilian life. 60% reported their biggest challenge was explaining how their military experience translates to skills of interest to a civilian employer.

Career Key’s “Successful Military to Civilian Transition” Guide teaches people how to overcome these challenges. Veterans can also learn how identify skills and how to talk about them with employers in the companion article, “Be Job and Work Skill Smart.”

About the Career Key

Since 1997, Career Key has been the #1 Internet source for helping people choose careers and college majors. Advertising and registration-free, it offers valid career tests and career and education advice articles based on the best practices and science in the field. Career Key’s author is nationally recognized counseling psychologist, Dr. Lawrence K. Jones, NCC.

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