Category Archive: Health and Well-Being

Sep 11

Thinking About Teaching as a Post-Military Career?

Have you considered teaching as a post-military career? How do you know if you have the academic credentials needed to be competitive? I asked Dr. Kelly Wolgast to share her perspectives on this issue. Dr. Wolgast is a retired Army Colonel currently serving as Program Director and Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University in the Health …

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May 02

Culture Changes Key Part of Transition

Michael Watkins, author of “The First 90 Days” recently launched an interesting discussion in Harvard Business Review’s LinkedIn group, asking participants to define what is meant by an organization’s culture.  Here are some of my favorites: Culture reveals how things are done, reflecting the fundamental values and ethics by which an organization operates, as well as the perceptions …

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Mar 26

Applying Team Leadership Skills to a Different Kind of Public Service

Coming out of a long and successful career in the military, some might contemplate a quick escape to the golf course; others, such as Captain Mary Kolar, USN (ret) took advantage of post-military life to take “public service” to a new level. Currently serving as Director of Public Operations for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA,) Mary is also …

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Feb 06

Beyond ETAP: Accelerating Your Career Transition

Have you taken an executive  career transition course and found that it left you less than fully prepared to successfully enter the civilian workforce? Would you like to get a better handle on the pros and cons of working for smaller versus larger firms, public service versus the private sector, and negotiating your benefits package? …

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Nov 09

How Long Does it Take to Transition into Civilian Life?

Many military leaders preparing for separation from service might think that their transition will be complete as soon as they land a job. While this might be true for some, others may find that a successful transition has a more complex meaning. Transition can be brief, never-ending or some length of time in between. The speed with …

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Oct 16

War Reporter To Transitioning Military: Tell Your Story

Being able to tell your story – who you are and what you can do – is a central part of a successful military to civilian transition. I sought out the perspective of war reporter Alex Quade, who has distinguished herself as a journalist willing to take great personal risks to bring the reality of war into …

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Oct 03

Navy Chaplain: Navigating Military to Civilian Transition

Separating from military service brings about both professional and personal change. It can be a time of mixed emotions, ranging from the joy to be able to pursue something new to anxiety about how to assess what’s next. Military chaplains are often on the front line of helping people learn to accept change, and process loss and …

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Sep 09

Study Highlights Importance of “Gainful and Meaningful Employment” for Veterans

This summer, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University released the publication “Guide to Leading Policies, Practices & Resources: Supporting the Employment of Veterans and Military Families.” The study highlights key challenges related to veteran’s military-to-civilian transition and their successful employment in the civilian workforce. More than 30 private sector employers and …

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Aug 30

Military Spouses in Transition: What’s Next for YOU?

Those of us who grew up unfamiliar with military life had no idea what becoming a military spouse would entail. Unlike friends who grew up as “military brats” moving from one school to the next,  I knew little about relocating from place to place, packing up my family, household goods and professional skills to start all …

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Jun 27

Camouflage to Pinstripes – Journey to Civilian Life

Giving up a familiar lifestyle and a profession that has embodied who you are is not an easy or simple process. This is especially the case as you take the steps to leave the military behind to to seek success and fulfillment in civilian life. Dr. Sydney Savion, retired Air Force officer, author, researcher and expert on human …

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