The world is about to change dramatically for career military Officers and Staff NCOs transitioning into the business world. The military’s strict hierarchy will be gone, as are its methods and its protocols. Gone will be the respectful salutes or expecting subordinates to stand when entering a room. The new emphasis will not be on accomplishing the “mission”, but on increasing profits by reducing costs and/or increasing revenues. It’s not something military leaders are used to. It is a new language with new processes and new expectations.
When senior military leaders cross over to the civilian side with a fresh-printed DD-214 in hand, they face the cold reality of not being prepared to secure the meaningful mid- and senior-level corporate jobs appropriate to their skill levels. They will be leaving the service without the knowledge of how to compete for the top-paying civilian business careers.
You’ve known that before you are deployed into new situations or scenarios you are fully trained in the skills, techniques and tools needed for successful accomplishment and survival. But this is not true for the senior military leaders exiting the military for executive civilian careers… new careers that are consistent with their former military responsibilities. The higher the rank, the more pronounced this training shortfall is recognized.
Enter our Business Career Transitioning Seminar, a focused four-day event taught by volunteer business executives, each with a long career of successful business leadership. The course is geared toward career Officers and E-6 & above from all services (to include SNCO’s, CPO’s and First Class Petty Officers, spouses and retirees) who are transitioning into business careers. It is offered at Camp Pendleton each February, May and September at no charge to the participant.
The course is designed to show career military leaders what the business world wants, its motivations, how it thinks and operates, and how senior leaders can retrofit their military experience for a productive second career. It also reveals the biases of the corporate world regarding the military, and the biases the military has about the corporate world.
Videos worth experiencing:
This link is a video of a transitioning 20-year veteran who discusses the difficulties transitioning to civilian life:
This second video has meaningful narration, albeit set against a distracting backdrop: