I am a transitioning Army veteran over 21 years of service. I would like to find a meaningful career in Business Operations/ Marketing. I have about 6 month prepare for compete for my next career.
Currently, I have PMP, SCRUM, active Active Top Secret Clearance.
What type/ kind of qualifications and certification that I can prepare myself with in the next six month?
Hi Je(Jay) - I would be happy to help. Please reach out me at email@example.com so that we can set up a time to speak
Thank you so much for your service! In regards to your question, I highly recommend using our community tab feature https://acp-advisornet.org/community/veterans. This way you can connect directly with experts in business or marketing. You can also filter by location as well.
I also saw that you applied to our mentorship program. This will also be a great resource to use. The mentor that you will be paired with can go over best ways to prepare for a civilian career. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message.
The first things I try to advise transitioning commissioned officers, who I have been helping place in the Aerospace and Defense industry for about 16 years as a side thing, is that:
1) There is no such thing as "generic business experience" unless you're willing to start at the basic entry level like a new college graduate. If you want to compete with every new business school and new MBA graduate, good luck - but I recommend you take advantage of what you have that most of them don't - industry experience. That leads to my second item...
2) Don't shy away from your specific technical and management experience - use it or translate it! There are hundreds of business development & marketing positions within my industry that specifically want a mid-level manager who understands what the Army is doing and would love to do a clearance transfer rather than a new clearance initiation.
3) If you're involved in any procurement of items from the private sector, I recommend stepping back from being on any source selection boards, as there is a mandatory freeze period for most commissioned officers. You can still be part of contract administration, program management, etc., but it's tie to focus on the next position.
I recommend checking on Indeed.com and then diving directly into targeted defense companies with Army programs in areas you'd like to live. I know L3Harris, my current employer, has some key Army programs and is looking to market them for more. LEt me know if I can help you with a referral.
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