Tag Archive: Transition

May 07

Veterans and Executives Tackle Challenge Together

As military leaders transition into the civilian workforce, it is not uncommon to hear both an employer and the hired veteran express frustrations that may stem from a disconnect in culture and understanding. Rarely is this due to the veteran’s lack of hard skills; instead, it more likely reflects the different paths and experiences that brought the veteran …

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Jun 14

Continuing to Serve in Your Post-Military Career

Over the past two years, I have interviewed several former military leaders who decided to pursue the nonprofit sector as a second career or as  a volunteer experience. It is clear that many find the continued commitment to mission and a desire to help others to be a natural fit following a long military career.  …

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Dec 30

Never Too Late for Career Reinvention

Recently, I had the occasion to interview Marc Miller, consultant and author of Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers. Having transitioned several times after a long career at IBM, Miller shared his perspective about switching professions later in life. VSB: What do you believe are the most common challenges faced by senior executives trying …

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Apr 08

State Government Great Fit For Retired USCG Officer

Many senior officers tend to focus their post-military career search on the federal government when thinking about working in the public sector. Tom Cullen welcomed the opportunity to bring his extensive Coast Guard experience in environmental protection and response, emergency management, port security and maintenance/logistics to California state government. As one of two Chief Deputy Directors in the …

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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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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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May 02

A Great Transition Resource in a Tight Job Market

Transitioning out of life in the military can feel like a solo journey, especially when facing occasional rejection in this tough economic climate. There are no military orders guaranteeing your next job or where you are headed next. The good news is that there are smart people who have walked in your shoes and organizations …

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Apr 25

Military Spouses: Prepare for Transition to Civilian Life

Military spouses are some of the most resilient and flexible human beings on the planet. They have to learn very early on in military life to cope with stress, frequent professional and personal change and loss. Spouses of senior military leaders may find themselves in leadership roles of their own, both inside and outside the …

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Feb 28

Transition — It’s Not an Overnight Thing

Just like every other major transition in life – leaving home for the first time, getting married, joining the military – separating from a long career in military service is not an overnight thing. The better prepared you are, the better equipped you will be to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that await …

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