How Valuable Military Experience is in the Job Market
If you served in a combat position in the armed forces, you’re probably sick of everyone telling you just how valuable your military experience is in the civilian job market. In this article, we’re going to go over some good job options that utilize the experience you obtained while serving in the armed forces. It’s important not to discount the things other than combat that you gained experience in even if you were a grunt – discipline, organization, teamwork, leadership, project management, coordination, etc. How can you use those things to your advantage? Let’s talk about it. But first, a quick note.
Combat Veterans are Different from POGs
A grunt has a completely different career and employment prospects than anyone serving in any other capacity in the military. This makes them difficult to connect with for many employment agencies because it’s difficult for them to know how their job skills translate into the civilian world. These differences are not weaknesses; they’re just differences, and it’s important to recognize that. If you look on your military experience as an asset, you’ll begin to see how it can be used in many other capacities. You’ve got two main options as you look at a civilian career: choose a career that falls relatively well in-line with what you did in the service, or go to school for an unrelated career path and work that way. Either way is totally fine, and we’ll talk about jobs and career options for either one.
Careers that Work Well With Your Experience
It may be a cliche, but civilian law enforcement is a fantastic career choice for combat veterans. This is true for a number of reasons, and they’re all good ones. You have virtually all of the skills you need to be a great police officer already, and once you go to the police academy you’ll be a shoe-in for most departments because of your military experience. Everything from keeping your boots polished to report writing you have down. What many combat veterans don’t realize is that pulling people over and writing traffic tickets is hardly the end of the career path in civilian law enforcement. You can get on security details for public figures, you can get on SWAT, you can become a detective, you can go state law enforcement or federal, and you’ll go far if you remember the things you’ve learned from your military career. Civilian law enforcement embodies a number of great careers for combat veterans.
Choosing an Unrelated Career
Chances are good, though, that law enforcement isn’t your thing. What then? Well, you’ve got the GI bill and years of good work experience behind you. You’ll probably want to go to college and work a job until you get your degree. It can be very beneficial to find an entry-level job in your field of choice so when you graduate you not only have a degree but also 4+ years experience in the field but if you’re not able to find a job in your field yet, you can also look at becoming a security guard. Security guarding is a lot like law enforcement in that it utilizes many of the same skills you learned in the military. Specifically armed security positions are always looking for ex-military or off-duty police officers. Whether armed or unarmed, the security company hiring will often pay for your certification, which makes it a great starting point for many combat veterans. While working as a security guard or as an entry level position in your career field, you can work get your degree using the GI Bill and graduate ready to have a lucrative career in whatever you wanted. At least in theory.
Law enforcement is hardly the only realm in which your skills will come in handy, but it is definitely the closest match. Any job on the planet will value your organization skills and discipline that you’ve developed through your military service, and those are assets which shouldn’t be discounted. Many employers look for veterans because they know they are good at working as a team or individually as needed, and that they will not shirk their work. Military veterans are known as being hard workers, and that’s because of their experience.