Many military veterans underestimate their skills when they try to transition into the civilian world. They might think that they don’t have anything transferable, because the working and living in the military is completely different from working and living in the civilian world. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, prior service members can bring skills to the table that many civilians won’t possess. Military members leave the service with strong leadership skills, discipline and drive. These are valuable skills in any industry, especially in the public service sector. Sometimes, military members can have a difficult time expressing these transferable skills to prospective employers when seeking employment. They frequently deal with misconceptions from employers who believe that military members have trouble transitioning to civilian life. Employers might believe that a former service member is too used to dealing with strict, structured schedules and are incapable of making decisive decisions without a direct order.
March 12, 2013