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Bradley-Morris answers questions from transitioning military job seekers.
Q: I was very lucky when I transitioned out last year. I got a job with a great company in an area close to my wife’s family, but I was so worried about getting a job that I didn’t really focus too much on whether I wanted to make this my career. Now nearly a year in, I can’t help but wonder if I should have done a better job researching what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, instead of where there was an immediate opening in the geographic location that I wanted. This company loves veterans and has been really great, but I really think that I need to look elsewhere. What do you think I should do as my first step?
A: You didn’t mention how long you had been in the military, but I can tell you any transition is difficult. Let’s assume you served eight years and spent some of that time perhaps deployed. Separation from the military is not easy. The relationships you developed and the sense of duty shared among service members are very hard to recapture in the corporate world. We hear from many veterans that what they miss most of all is the sense of camaraderie they experienced while serving in the military.
Mike Arsenault is Vice President of Candidate Services at military placement firm Bradley-Morris, Inc. He can be reached at (800) 330-4950 ext. 2105 or by email at marsenault (at) bradley-morris.com.
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