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How does one pinpoint, plan and land a new career in a existing or new industry?


Fred Foulks Huntsville, AL

Aviation has been a passion, interest and natural fit for me. Granted, I have been out of the industry for a some time. However, my skills, work experience, abilities cross over to most any industry in the areas of administration, office management, customer/client service, airport and aviation operations (military), compliance and risk management to name a few.
How do I approach finding work, a new career where I can be certain its a natural and cultural fit for the organization and me?

8 November 2018 6 replies General



Kimberly Smith Chicago, IL

Hello and thank you for your service! I have worked for AT&T for 28 years and have been able to move around the company in a wide variety of roles which has been invigorating. We also are huge supporters of the military and have a commitment to hire veterans. That might be an option for you as it sounds like you might enjoy technology overall and depending on the role, the job comes with training so you dont have to have the exact right experience. Check it out to see if it makes sense for you.
Good Luck!

6 February 2019 Helpful answer


Nancy Quartey Palo Alto, CA

Hi Fred,
Many people, especially veterans, find franchising a great way to change careers while retaining leadership and responsibility. Franchisors also love veterans because they know what great skills you bring to the table. I actually just posted two articles about it on my LinkedIn page! Feel free to check it out.
If you would like to discuss it with me, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. You can book a call directly on my calendar at

13 November 2018 Helpful answer


Louis Schwarz Somerville, NJ

Hi Fred. New Idea. The commercial/private aviation insurance industry needs underwriters and claims individuals with aviation experience. Check out these areas. With your experience, there seems to be fit. Good Luck.


Jim Rohrbach Evanston, IL

Hi Fred! Your question is too general, sounds like, "I want something related to the aviation field." What exactly do you want to do? Forward your resume to me and we can narrow down your career search -- Jim "Da Coach"


Kent Watson Monticello, FL

Good evening Fred, Thank you for your service to the US Armed Forces on behalf of a grateful Nation. One major network in aviation would be the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) (593 Main Street, Monroe, CT 06468-2806 (203) 268-2450 Fax (203) 268-5870. Between 14-16 April 2019, the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center, Nashville, TN (visit Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL is home to Aviation and Missile Program Executive Officers and program management. Aviation maintenance is going to remain a growth area and finding the human resources to fill those billets will be in continued demand for a number of years. Lockheed Martin Corp, Orlando, Florida "was awarded a $79,383,886 modification to contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for night vision sensor systems, subcomponent prod". Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida "was awarded a $13,028,575 modification to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0027 for life cycle support to the fire control radar and unmanned aerial system tactical common data link assembly; work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Dec 31, 2019". (Source AAAA). These are just a couple of ideas. Best of Luck! Sincerely, Kent T. Watson, CW4, US Army, Retired, > 34 years


Bernard Agrest Tulsa, OK

Hi Fred,

I hope you’re doing well and having a great weekend! Thank you for your service and for using ACP AdvisorNet.

As with most jobs, it’s not necessarily what you know as much as it is who you know. If possible, I’d recommend you tap into your network to see what corporate culture in the Airline industry are like. Informational calls/interviews go a long way and will help you understand whether or not you’d be a good fit for those companies and jobs.

I’d also encourage you to utilize ACP AdvisorNet’s ‘Community’ tab to identify and reach out to Advisors with a background in Aviation.

One last suggestion would be to search by job title on LinkedIn and Veteran status. From there, you could reach out to former service members who hold the types of positions you are interested in obtaining.

I hope this is helpful and please feel free to reach out to me directly if you’d like to discuss any of this in further detail. I’d be happy to connect.

Thanks and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend!



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