Transitioning from a career in the military to one in the civilian world can be challenging for many veterans. In many ways, the lack of structure, routine, autonomy, and purpose can be very disorienting for those who have spent a tour or lifetime with ample supplies of each. The first challenge for many veterans is simply in finding decent employment once their service ends. Today we will talk about three of the best ways to accomplish this; education, franchising opportunities, and small business creation.
Universities around the country are now more fully accessible than ever before to veterans who wish to pursue a degree. Legislation has made it possible for veterans to receive in-state tuition prices at any university no matter where it is located, even if it’s not in the same state as the veteran’s residence.
This represents a dramatic shift in mindset and clearly illustrates how valuable veteran’s service is regarded by the world of academia. It allows veterans to move freely to the university that best fits their career goals, learning style, and location preference without forcing them to choose from an option located near their last deployment. Many universities have additional services designed specifically to help veterans adjust to college life and to help develop their unique skills and life perspectives and leverage them for success.
Veteran franchise opportunities are far more extensive than many people are aware. This is due in large part to corporations who recognize and appreciate the unique perspective veterans bring to the corporate world.
Even without a formal education or classical management experience, companies recognize that serving in the military naturally develops the exact skills needed to successfully run a business. The dedication to show up and do what it takes to accomplish a goal, the ability to lead through example, and quick decision making skills are all essential components of running a franchise and qualities veterans develop throughout their years in service.
Alternatively, it is also possible for many veterans to start their own small business after they leave active duty. This may be a more appealing option than adjusting a resume to reflect civilian values or having to immediately work within a new hierarchy. There are several niche fields that are well suited to individual proprietorships in the service industry and the only real limit is the interest and talent of the veteran.
Virtually any talent or passion can be utilized to develop a small business. Those who enjoy working outdoors may want to create a landscaping or lawncare business. People who enjoy animals may want to develop a dog training or pet grooming service. Those who enjoy writing or digital graphics may want to open their own copy-writing or graphics design business and work exclusively online.
Transitioning to civilian life can seem daunting, especially if one has served for an extended period. However, there are far more options available now than ever before. Veteran assistance from federal, state, and local governments as well as universities and corporations has been growing over the past two decades and is firmly in place to help those who are willing to reach out.