Our nation has responded to help our returning veterans in finding gainful employment over the past decade. More companies are stepping up with pledges and initiatives to hire our returning servicemen and women. This call to action is encouraging, but we must first consider that many of our returning veterans are finding the transition from a military to a civilian career a daunting endeavor.
The Great Divide: Mismatch between Jobs and Skill
The playing field is not always equal for veterans new to the civilian workforce. Thanks to management and related professional skills, exiting military officers often have their choice of high paying careers waiting when they begin their job hunt. They often have college degrees, training in recognized, transferable skills and experience in leadership and management roles.
In stark contrast, many of the enlisted ranks are faced with the challenge of translating their military specialties to the corporate world. Some are not much over 18 years old when they enlist and quickly learn and take on responsibilities of great gravity, from serving alongside their fellow service members in combat to operating and maintaining complex weapons systems and communications networks that are often critical to lives and mission success. However, while seasoned in military service and combat, an infantryman’s skills and attributes, does not easily translate to the skills in demand in the corporate world.