What Are You Supposed To Do Now That Your Military Days Are Behind You?
I come from a military family, but I am not a member of the military. I would, however, like to try to speak to you on behalf of some of them. It can be hard for some people to adjust to civilian life after their military service is over. Some people like to apply to military friendly online colleges and pursue a degree in their field of expertise or interest. Others take longer to decide what they will do.
Are you someone who is interested in furthering your education. Maybe you want to try the hospitality field. Some veterans say that they learn a little bit of that when they served. This link http://www.just4info.org/2018/12/5-tips-that-will-help-you-get-ahead-in-the-hospitality-industry.html might be of particular interest to you.
Maybe education is not your passion. Maybe you want to try your hand at something else, but you have not figured that out yet. I have three suggestions that could help set your mind at ease as you think about what to do next in your professional career.
What To Do Next? A Military Story:
1) According to this former military vet who got her pink slip, you need to lead by example. No matter what you decide to do professionally. People looked up to you as a member of the military. Now you need to be that person as a civilian. Do you want to find full-time work somewhere? You need to update your resume and start sending out information to the companies that interest you.
She had a baby to take care of. She knew her income would be the only thing that would help pay the bills for her husband and child. She took action and found something. She also sought the advice of some of her former military comrades to find out what they did.
“My husband watched what I did and he started doing the same with his job search. I had no choice. I did what I had to do for my family. You need to use the same logic in your journey.”
2) One military spouse explains that you might need to revisit some of your roles in the family. This conversation is something you need to do after you leave the military, especially if you have a family.
“My husband wanted to stay a “marine” because that is who he is. I wanted to be a mom who stays at home. However, our situation called for us to think differently. I ended up going to work full-time. He became a stay-at-home dad. It was different and challenging for each of us, but we did what we had to do.”
3) You could consider a life as a reservist. According to a former marine, you never truly stop being a marine.
“Once you become a marine, you are one for life. Nothing changes that no matter what life throws at you, even when you become a civilian again.”
Did you already accept a financial payment plan? Going into the reserves might be more challenging. Most marines agree that going back to being a civilian is much easier when you still put on the uniform.