Find Military Friendly Jobs

Related Veteran Jobs Content

Hot Career Advice

  • Doctor greets a patient with a handshake.
    The Top 10 Paying Jobs in the US
    Military.com
    What are the highest paying jobs in the U.S., based on median annual salaries? Some of the results may surprise you.
  • ExecutiveHRjobs
    Management: Top 10 High-Paying Jobs
    Military.com|
    Following their time in the military, many veterans feel they are meant be managers. Here are 10 high-paying jobs in management.
  • Upcoming Job Fairs
    Military.com
    Attend a Job Fair in Your Area If you hear about a veteran job fair that's not on this list, let us know by emailing...
  • A group of business-people in black suits.
    Best Veteran Employers: A Top-35 List
    Military.com
    What are the best employers of veterans in the nation? Here's a top-35 list.
  • Discussing business
    Six Personality Traits of a Leader
    Military.com|
    There are dozens of personal traits that can affect leadership and some, namely integrity and character, that are absolute.
Military Skills Translator

Finding Passion and Purpose after the Military

Career Decisions Next Exit

Transitioning out of the military can be hard for many as they leave behind an organization and service that is clear about its purpose. You volunteered for this purpose, poured sweat and blood into this purpose, and were surrounded by others in a similar pursuit of this purpose. Thus, when you transition out of the military it is easy to feel out of place, a little lost, and disheartened that purpose seems so elusive. But take heart, for the purpose you seek is out there and when you hit the sweet spot where purpose meets passion, a future without precedent will arrive for you on this side of the military.

Jobs and Careers

It is entirely likely that you post-military life will consist of both and you must understand the difference. Too many veterans become too easily discouraged in the workplace because they expect from a job what career is designed to provide. Jobs are stepping stones and a means to provide for financial obligations. Careers are the pursuit of one's life work. And the fact for most in this world is that the path to a purposeful career often holds many jobs.

As a result, there is nothing wrong with holding a job post-military while you are seeking and contemplating your career. Everyone has bills to pay, but that doesn't have to mean you give up on finding purpose. Just recognize the job for what it actually is while you keep exploring purpose. Many jobs can not only provide you with a paycheck, but vital experience that will be necessary when you decide to start pursuing a career in a particular industry. And then for many, the job can actually turn into the career they never expected. But if you find yourself today with employment that brings you despair and not purpose, it doesn't mean you have failed. It just means that sweet spot of purpose and passion is still out there waiting to connect with you.

The Risk Can Be Worth It

For many, pursing passion will often require a little risk. Thankfully, the military veteran should be very comfortable with risk in pursuit of the outcome. It might be that your 4 year military career in avionics leads to an aircraft mechanic career. If so, that is great. However, don't feel obligated to remain in the same career post-military that you might have picked at age 17 because the recruiting pamphlet made it look amazing. Your military job experience can lead to some amazing jobs and amazing careers, but it is entirely possible your passion rests outside of what you already know.

Leaving the military can provide an amazing opportunity to hit the "reset" button and pursue a passion instead of a job. It might sound risky, but you learned more than technical skills in the military. You learned initiative, leadership, adaptability, and resilience. These traits find value in a variety of industries and are easily transferrable. So if you spent the past 4 years as an aircraft mechanic but your passion is a career writing, then now seems like a good time pick up that pen and paper.

Purpose is powerful and can do much to ease the transition from military to civilian life. The path to purpose looks different for everyone and you need not fret if you find yourself holding a job or two along the way. Just call it what it is and never lose sight of purpose. Find what you enjoy, build the skills to master it, and then yes, take that risk head on. Purpose awaits you and when you hear the crack of the bat when it meets the sweet spot of passion, you will know it and never look back.

For more information, contact our partners at Hiring our Heroes.

Related Topics

Veteran Jobs

Military News App by Military.com

Download the new Military.com News App for Android on Google Play or for Apple devices on iTunes!

© 2016 Military Advantage