From Boots to Business Suits – Tips for Successfully Transitioning from the Military to Civilian Careers

Alright, Marines, buckle up for some transition advice that’s as tough as a boot camp drill instructor, but hopefully a little less painful.

As a former devil dog who’s made the jump to the civilian world, I can tell you that it’s not as scary as a first sergeant on a Monday morning. Just keep in mind that you’re still a leader, even if you’re not in the uniform anymore. So, put those leadership skills to work in the civilian sector and show those civvies what you’re made of.

When it comes to communication, drop the military jargon like it’s a hot MRE. Keep it simple and straight to the point. That way, even your new boss can understand you.

When you’re job hunting, make sure to highlight those transferable skills like a combat vet highlights their scars. Translate your Marine experience into language that civilians will appreciate, and don’t forget to brag a little bit. You’ve earned it.
Diversity and inclusion are big deals in the civilian world, so make sure to embrace it like you would a fellow Marine. Work with people from all walks of life, and remember, teamwork makes the dream work.

Find a mentor who can guide you through the transition process like a trusted NCO. And don’t forget to hit up all those networking events like they’re free chow on a deployment. You never know who you might meet or what job opportunities might arise.

Finally, consider further education or training to get those skills that are in demand like a motivated Marine charging up a hill. After all, you’re never too old to learn new things.

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis once said, “The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.” This quote speaks to the importance of mental toughness and resilience in achieving success, especially applicable to transitioning.

Remember, you’re a Marine. You’ve been through tougher challenges than this. So, go out there and show the civilian world what a true devil dog is made of!

Semper Fi, and good luck on your journey to the civilian life.
~Cpl. Beddoe

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Cpl, USMC 1981-1985 MCRDSD Plt 3042, Aug 28, 1981 Work hard. Be kind. Pay it forward. Twitter: @txdevildog
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