Veterans and their new managers can do a few things to ease the transition and pave a path that enables career success, job satisfaction, and business results:
Veterans: Help employers see the connection between your strengths and their needs. You might speak a different language but you can find commonality. Explain how your military experience relates to what you are capable of doing.
Managers: Seek to understand what functions the veteran was performing and not just the job title. Ask about leadership, problem solving, following direction, managing conflict, overcoming obstacles, etc. Consider a candidate’s skills and ability to adapt to change. Keep an open mind, and look for connections between military service and industry aptitude.
With The Right Fit, Veterans Stay
Since the launch of the Academy for Advanced Manufacturing (AAM), I’ve spent time with a few of the classes talking about how to adapt to the civilian workforce, understand how to communicate your skills, what’s expected and what companies are like.
While this 12-week training program offers veterans the skills they’ll need for highly sought-after high-tech fields, an equally important aspect is the life skills they need for success. Discussing the supply chain for key industries and then connecting that to the technology that’s leveraged to manufacture a product really helps them see the bigger picture and where they fit in.
Veterans will play a pivotal role in powering the next generation of advanced digital manufacturing, providing much-needed talent for rapidly transforming high-tech roles.