You're in For...What?
by Carolyn Heinze, Contributing Editor
Article Sponsored by: Waste Management
A word to the women
Ah, isn't feminism great? In the civilian world, we may have come a long way, baby, but that doesn't mean that female professionals hold the earning power of their male counterparts...yet. Don Orlando, president of The McLean Group, a career coaching firm based in Montgomery, Ala., notes that female veterans may be in for a bit of a surprise when they encounter civilian politics.
"When it comes to equal opportunity, the military has direct oversight from Congress. The cultural mix and the mix between the sexes and equal pay for equal work is absolutely mandated," Orlando says. This isn't always true in the civilian world, where, in some organizations, the glass ceiling still exists. "The earning discrepancies between men and women are still there. It can be a little more of a challenge for female members who are transitioning."
With that said, many companies also seek diversity among their ranks, and most of these employers recognize that the military talent pool is a great source for women and minority hiring. The risk of earning discrepancies should be less at companies who promote a focus on workplace diversity.
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