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Transitioning Military Service Members……Why Project Management?

Military to Civilian Transition

Have you any idea of how well suited you are for the career field of Commercial Project Management?

Project Management is a high-value, target rich environment for you to consider during your upcoming transition. Your leadership and planning skills ingrained during military service, coupled with your adaptability and willingness to accept change, enable you to successfully transition into the career field of Project Management. Action Officer, Training Officer, Operations Planner, Commander, and Platoon Sergeant are all military roles that you have performed. Each of these equate to Project Manager in the civilian world. According to Mark Langley, CEO of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the military is a “highly projectized environment, which makes many veterans a natural fit in the Project Management world.”

You Already Know the Basics!

Fortunately, you already know and understand the basics of Project Management. The military has exposed you to planning and time management, how to work a multitude of simultaneous requirements and how to get the job accomplished. Further, you know how to take charge, you are not afraid to lead, and you know how to talk to senior leadership. All of these acquired essentials are critical attributes, enabling you to quickly grasp an understanding of Commercial Project Management. You will be highly successful once you understand how your military experience has prepared you for this exciting career field and you gain an understanding of the concepts. You just need to be able to translate, repackage and certify your skills; so that hiring managers can spot them.

Growing Job Market!

The Project Management career field has a very positive outlook across the nation and you are well qualified to compete. In a recent CNN survey listing the 50 Best Jobs in America, Information Technology Project Manager was number five. PMI reports that approximately 16 million new project management roles will be added globally by 2020. The outlook is indeed optimistic for Project Management, as it offers you unfettered professional potential for years to come.
Therefore, you can choose a career field that offers you great growth and one in which you are well suited.


If you are a veteran, service member preparing to transition from the service, employer or recruiter and found this article helpful, please 'Like' and ‘Share’ this post. Additionally, please leave your comments and questions below. If you would like to know more or help transitioning veterans, then email or follow. Wishing you a Fast and Lucrative Transition. - Jay

Jay Hicks is an author, instructor and consultant with over 30 years of business and government planning and leadership. He advises commercial and federal organizations on the planning, development, and leadership of Project Management Organizations, delivering viability and value. With a special kinship for military personnel, Jay provides guidance on successful civilian career transition. He is the co-founder of, where advocating the value of hiring military personnel is the key focus.

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