Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life

Jun 18, 2023 | Featured, Military

Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life Can Be Both Exciting and Challenging


Transitioning from military to civilian life can be a significant change, and it’s natural to wonder about your worth in the civilian job market. Various factors, including your skills, experience, education, and personal qualities determine your value.

Our team of Career Strategists at ECP is prepared to support your transition. Here are some steps to help you assess your value:



Identify Your Skills

Consider the skills you gained during your military service. These might include leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, adaptability, discipline, communication, and technical skills specific to your military occupational specialty (MOS). Identify how these skills can apply to civilian jobs.

Evaluate Your Experience

Take stock of your military experience and accomplishments. Consider your deployments, leadership roles, specialized training, and any awards or commendations you received. Think about how these experiences can translate into relevant qualifications for civilian positions.

Translate Your Military Experience

The most significant challenge in transitioning is explaining your military experience in civilian terms. Learn to effectively communicate your skills and accomplishments in a way that civilian employers can understand and appreciate. Focus on highlighting transferable skills and emphasizing the value you can bring to a civilian organization.

Consider Education and Certifications

Assess your educational qualifications and any certifications you acquired during military service. Determine if there are additional certifications or educational opportunities that can enhance your civilian career prospects.

Research the Job Market

Explore the job market and identify industries or sectors that align with your interests and skills. Research job descriptions, salary ranges, and the demand for specific roles. This will give you a better understanding of what employers are looking for and the potential value you can bring.

Seek Professional Guidance

Consider contacting career counselors, veteran support organizations, or transition assistance programs that specialize in helping veterans transition to civilian careers. They can provide guidance, resources, and assistance tailored to your needs.

Network and Build Connections

Networking is crucial in civilian job searches. Connect with fellow veterans, join professional organizations related to your desired field, and attend job fairs or networking events. Building relationships with professionals in your target industry can help you discover opportunities and gain insights into the job market.



Remember, your worth extends beyond your military experience. Employers also value work ethic, integrity, leadership potential, and a willingness to learn. By leveraging your skills, experiences, and personal attributes, you can position yourself for success in your transition to civilian life.

Patrick Lage

Written By: Michael Schumacher, Head of Service & Growth Initiatives

Michael brings over two decades of experience in the career transition industry to ECP.

He is known for motivating and coaching clients while never losing sight of their individualism, personal situations, or specific objectives.

In addition to coaching clients toward success during their job search, Michael is also a talented writer who is knowledgeable about today’s industry trends.