Transitioning veteran? These are great-paying careers to consider if you want success.
The most significant difference between the civilian and military worlds
Purpose. You felt part of something greater than yourself, whether you were in direct combat or as a wounded soldier counselor.
We were not only fighting for this great nation, but also for a significant portion of the world.
Although we had to get up early to follow orders and be away for our families every morning, it was easier to stay motivated.
Things are different when we move to civilian life. They force us to go through TAP and although they share some valuable information, it doesn’t prepare us for anything. (also, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t want to drive trucks for my entire life).
It’s not difficult to find purpose in civilian life, but it is much easier than in the military. The difference is that the military reminds us of the larger picture constantly, while in civilian life we have to do it for ourselves.
Find your purpose as an civilian
I was inspired by a story I read the other day.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy visited NASA Space Center. He noticed a janitor with a broom. He immediately interrupted his tour and walked up to the man to ask, “What are you doing?”
The janitor responded, “Well, Mr. President. I’m helping to put a man onto the moon.”
Nice lesson, right?
While most people think that the janitor was just cleaning up a building, he was aware of the larger picture. He understood that he was contributing to something bigger than himself, regardless of how small or large his role.
To succeed in civilian life and transition successfully, you must find purpose in your work. It is important to be aware of the bigger picture. It is up to you to see the bigger picture.
Here are some rewarding careers that offer future growth opportunities. They don’t require much to get started.
Information Security professionals in this field are in high demand and will continue to be so.
Cyber attacks are a growing concern for businesses that have an online presence, as technology improves and more data-generating devices become connected to networks.
Imagine a career as a security engineer at a bank. Your job requires you to protect the money of others from cyber thieves.
Isn’t that what you would consider fulfilling?
You would not only contribute to people’s financial security, but you would also make a lot of money.
Financial AdvisorIt is a beautiful job, except for the greedy and corrupt people on Wall Street. Financial advisors can help people achieve stability in life.
Most people need to be guided and protected when it comes to personal finances. This profession is a rewarding and fulfilling way to contribute to society.
Imagine your own financial consulting business, helping veterans transition to civilian life, and then embark on your journey to financial freedom.
The only downside is that you would need to spend some time studying to become a CFP (certified financial advisor) before you can become a financial adviser. You’d likely wake up every day excited to be able to help others.
This commercial by Fidelity Investments is great. It shows how rewarding financial advising can be.
Network Engineering is a profession that requires a deep understanding of technology. Network engineers are responsible for managing the highways that allow information to travel through a network.
Since virtually all businesses are online, a network engineer is essential to ensure that customers, employees, and other customers are protected. can communicate effectively and access applications with ease.
There are many jobs that can be meaningful and challenging. One example is the coolest job at Cisco Systems, which is probably one of the most important jobs in the technology industry.
You would be highly sought-after if you became a network engineer. You will likely face new challenges every day of your job, so you will never be bored.
Supply Chain Manager Few companies can move stuff as well as the military. It’s possible to transfer your logistics skills into civilian life if you have previous experience.
Companies in every industry, from transportation to manufacturing, need people who are detail-oriented and disciplined to coordinate, analyze, and oversee their supply chains.
No one will doubt that you are a veteran. This can give you an advantage over others when you are trying to jumpstart your career.
This job is not about the mission of any particular company, but rather the goal of supply chain management and logistics. The goal is to make every process more efficient, so that businesses can keep costs low.
However, it is likely that you will need a college degree to get into the job, even if your military experience is relevant.
One key difference
All of the careers that we have just mentioned would give you a realistic chance of reaching the six-figure mark in civilian life. Depending on which company you work for, you might also be able to get some of that valuable privilege back.
You probably noticed, however, that two of the four career paths require a college education. This can be a problem for many vets.
Unfortunately, to become a supply-chain manager or financial advisor you will need to return to school for a few more years.
Both technical and technical careers don’t require a degree. Many “experts” are qualified.