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Overcoming age bias during career transition to jobs not directly related to military career


David Lange Holbrook, NY

I held a wide variety of jobs during my military career. Most were aviation related or tied to global logistics. I also had some officer professional development roles. After moving back to NY, following retirement, I've had a difficult time selling my "transferrable skills." Potential employers acknowledge that what I have done was significant but since I don't have direct experience in their career specialty, and I'm over 50, there have been few nibbles on the fishing line. In other cases, there's expectation to have certifications/advanced degrees in a particular field (medical, healthcare, etc.) which I don't currently have. At my age, I'm not sure the return on investment would be worth it for a PhD, EdD, or the costlier certifications. Any suggestions?

26 June 2020 1 reply Military to Civilian Transition



Maggie DeShazor Washington, DC

Hi David -

Thank you for your service! I'd like to connect you with one of our recruiters to discuss your question specifically, as I think they could give a more in-depth and helpful answer than I could. If you would like, please message me separately and I am happy to share their information!


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