Best Careers for Veterans: The Sensational Seven
Planning a civilian career after your tour of duty is over takes courage, focus, and motivation. Luckily you have all three, but there are questions. How will you fit into a workplace where it seems less is at stake and the projects seem less vital? Will potential employers be convinced that the leadership and technical skills you’ve acquired in a military setting can be adapted to the civilian world?
Most importantly, which careers are most suited to the traits you bring to the workplace: namely, mental toughness, discipline, and a powerful drive to learn? This article introduces you to careers that are particularly well suited to your experience as veteran, so please explore.
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Seven careers that are a great match for veterans:
Financial institutions are always looking for candidates with a strong combination of analytical and people skills, and according to the Military Times, those companies are increasingly seeking those skills among veterans. And because vets can use sound, honest financial advice just like everyone else, they’ll feel more comfortable reaching out to one of their own. That would be you.
Information Security Analyst
Information protection is a rapidly growing priority among companies of all shapes and sizes. Not surprisingly, this is an occupation that’s projected to grow at well above the average rate. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides training for a number of tech careers while you’re still serving in the military. “This isn’t even a position where you need to use your GI money afterwards to get further education because you get on-the-job training,” says Careercast content editor Kyle Kensing.
If you’ve served overseas, you may have picked up some language skills. Even if they’re introductory, you can always build on them. Why? Because of the increasingly global nature of, well, the world, many organizations can use proficient translators and interpreters—whether it’s for technical document translation, global trading, or accurate medical record or prescription translation. What are the top industries that can use translation services? Check out these.
Speaking of things that are translatable, who knows better than a veteran about the challenges other veterans face communicating their worth in the civilian job market? “A veteran can provide firsthand knowledge to an organization that’s mapping out its veteran hiring practices,” says Kensing.
Network and Systems Administrator
Virtually every organization has a computer network. As companies invest in increasingly sophisticated technology and mobile networks, it’s not a stretch to conclude that these systems need someone responsible and conscientious to take care of their daily operation. Just as with the information security analyst career path, you can look into systems administrator training through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs technical career field program.
Did you practice physical therapy or nursing while you served? Chances are the VA could use your skills in giving back to the community. Whether you pursue a career within the military community or outside of it, physical therapy could be a great fit, since it requires planning, diligence, and patience in the face of setbacks. Current and projected demand is high to meet the needs of aging, active baby boomers and people struggling with mobility due to chronic conditions like diabetes and obesity.
Human Resources Manager
Much as with the role of management consultant, employers seeking to recruit veterans for their workplaces are recruiting HR professionals with the military community connections to help them.
Wondering which employers are seeking the unique character and skillset of veterans, who are particularly committed to hiring them? Wonder no more. Courtesy of GI Jobs, here’s a list of companies who may be a great fit for you.
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