Marine Sergeant looking to transition to the civilian workforce in the business world. My MOS is radio technician, but I’m not interested in any technical aspects. Instead, I’d like to use my current billet of Platoon Sergeant to hopefully get a job in juman resources, operations or logistics. I’m also interested in finance. I have a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and I’ll have 5 years mil experience when I get out.
Welcome to the Civilian World, Sarge! I too jumped from MOS 916 to Human Resources and stayed with it for ALL of my civilian careers. HOWEVER, that's not to say you should!
I suggest you step back and thoroughly ask yourself, "What are MY talents?" Then, pursue careers that are thus aligned.
Here is a (free) assessment tool for Carl Jung's assessment (MBTI).
I also endorse the book, "What Color is Your Parachute." Good material there!
List all your skills you have from the military. Then look at what you are interested in for your next career.
Then you need to start the networking. Get on Linkedin and build a strong profile. join groups on Linkedin in the area of interest for networking.
I would also recommend join FourBlock Cohort. FourBlock is an Veteran Org that has six week Cohorts that help build networking. (https://fourblock.org/location/virtual-cohort-eastern-time-zone)
I would be honored if you would like to talk more and I will see how I can help you.
I’d suggest that you network at the target company or industry. Use LinkedIn to find people already working there and reach out to them. Ask them the process they used to get hired and ask them to help you navigate the hiring process and if they are willing, ask them to submit you as a referral. These activities require much more time on your part but in my opinion would greatly increase your chances for success. Good luck!
Hello Sergeant Fernandez,
I also transitioned from the Corps as a E-5 Radio Technician with a Bachelor's Degree. That was in 1977 and I have worked in Human Resources for 43 years since then.
You will be coming into the workforce with a good set of transferable skills. Your MOS training has provided you with a basis of technology understanding and your supervisory experience is helpful. Human Resources has a number of career paths. If you chose to pursue Recruiting/Staffing, your training may be advantageous in working at finding and hiring people who have technical skills. As an example, Harris Corporation produces a number of the radios that you worked on. Your domain understanding may be helpful there.
In Employee Relations you would be working in a very different capacity. That would likely require more specialized training. HR is a very challenging and rewarding field.
I will suggest a book titled "What Color is Your Parachute" by Richard Bolles. There are also a number of web sites that use the same techniques to help job seekers to target opportunities more closely. There are options on Linked in that will be helpful. You will have opportunities to get information a lot of ways. Looking for a job is difficult but you have a lot to offer and the right position is out there for you. Please feel to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to converse further.
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