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Getting Out? Change or Transition?

Military to Civilian Transition

The difference between change and transition is subtle, but important. Change is something that happens to you, even if you don't agree with it. Transition, on the other hand, is internal. It is what happens in your mind as you go through change. Change can happen very quickly, while transition usually occurs more slowly.

Our lives are full of change; and your military transition will prove to be one of your greatest challenges and achievements. How will you handle this change? Are you going to be frustrated or will you be tossed about like a boat in a storm?

Are you often uncomfortable with change? There are all sorts of understandable reasons. Your own attitude can lead to resistance and opposition during the transition, after the change. To transition successfully you must embrace your personal change and mentally take charge of your own transition. Use your knowledge and experience to embrace your personal and professional change.

"It isn't the changes that do you in; it's the transitions." -William Bridges

In today's challenging work environment, you must be flexible, able to embrace change and continually transition to remain viable. The good news is your military experience has instilled the ability to adapt to ever changing environments. This flexibility will serve you well as you respond to change. How will you embrace the change that is coming to your personal and professional life? What actions will you take to enable your successful transition? As you depart the service, remember to embrace the associated changes, but remain focused on your transition.

You will need tools for a successful transition. Find your brand, develop your network, select your experienced mentors early, study transition materials and build a personal strategic roadmap for your transition. You will have a successful transition, but you must start early.

Companies are seeking qualified candidates with your abilities. If you have met your personal military objectives and are ready to transition to the rapidly changing commercial work environment, this is all good news for you.

Wishing you a lucrative transition!

Jay Hicks

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