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What advice would you have for an active duty service member to become more marketable if he has 2 years to plan and act?


Ian Benisti Jacksonville, AR

I am currently applying for an online MBA and looking to acquire a PMP from PMI both suggested through education and career fairs. I have the luxury of having 2 years before I EAS at a billet which affords me some time to acquire more skills and credentials.

I am looking to get into some form of operations, supply chain, logistics, program management etc. once I exit the military.

10 October 2023 2 replies Education & Training



Richard Byrne Hillsborough, NJ

First would be to select what would be your dream job or dream career.
One way to do that is to scan the National Employment & wage data of

Next would be to do some job searches for jobs in your dream career.
I've added links to information & videos under these sections of my EE webpage: - Commercial Jobs - Gov. Jobs

Examine the current job postings for requirements.

Translate your Military skills into commercial Skills:

Create a Resume for each job you would be interested in highlighting how your current Experience & Training meets the employer's stated requirements.

Add training to meet those needs as necessary.

Investigate the pertinent Skill-Bridge opportunities.

Consider online college:

Investigate financing your education:

Another step would be to start networking, focusing on building contacts to people in your dream career:
Job search:

Entry Level Job Search:

10 October 2023 Helpful answer


Lyena Solomon Santa Clara, CA

Hi Ian,

I suggest you look for people who have jobs you like and talk to them. Ask what they do day to day, what they would look in a candidate who applies for a role like theirs, etc. You can even reach out to people on LinkedIn and ask if they can share their experience with you.

Certifications are great, but they do not make you stand out. Employers are looking for experience. And you have it. All you need to do is to convert it from military experience into business experience using business language.

Look into roles that are not necessarily direct match to an industry. For example, an IT professional can be a role in a hospital; Software Platform owner can be a role at a grocery store chain; vendor manager can be a role at a software company.

Good luck,

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