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Podcast: 7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Left the Military

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Transitioning from a military career to the corporate world can be a trying process for the nearly 220,000 U.S. veterans who leave Active Duty each year. Along with the common stressors of translating your military experience to a civilian career and adapting to a new environment, a military-to-civilian transition can bring some unique challenges that you may not have anticipated. Kyu Lim, an Orion Talent Recruiter, recently joined the From the Battlefield to the Boardroom podcast to discuss what he wishes he had known when transitioning out of the military. Listen to the podcast here, and read some of the highlights below.

The “Cost” of Leaving the Military
There are many financial benefits that service members receive that significantly add to their take home pay. Kyu advises military job seekers to seek assistance from an expert on base (or an official military program such as Soldier for Life) to help get a better idea of what to expect. “I wish I had known what my paycheck would look like on a month-to-month basis and how that would affect my family. During your time in the military you have basic allowance for housing, a Thrift Savings Plan and more affordable health insurance. All of these things are really important when determining what your budget will look like after the military,” explains Kyu.

The Importance of Self-knowledge
Researching yourself and determining the key drivers in your career search should be one of the first steps in your military-to-civilian transition. “Corporate America is so vast. There are so many industries and types of positions you can pursue, so doing some reflection and understanding your value will help you have the same level of career satisfaction you had in the military,” says Kyu. “Understand where your priorities are for you and your career, as well as for your family. That can change what opportunities you target and your timeline for your transition,” he adds.

The Benefits of Working with a Military Recruiter
While most civilian employers value the skills and experience military candidates bring to the table, it can be difficult for a transitioning service member to make connections that will lead to a job opportunity. Working with a military recruiting firm can help match military job seekers with a variety of companies and industries that you may not have considered on your own. “When I was transitioning I wanted to reach out to a Recruiter because you don’t know what you don’t know. I tell everyone that I work with that Orion is here to serve as a resource and we will be completely transparent with you to help you make the best decision for your family. Recruiters can give you insight into the company or industry, and also serve as an advocate for you with the companies you’re interviewing with.”

Listen to the podcast to hear the rest of Kyu’s “7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Left the Military.”

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