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Our special series recorded on the USS Midway continues with Kevin Burke, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton; Bonnie Amos, Hiring Our Heroes and Toyota Personal Branding Ambassador; Elizabeth O’Brien, Senior Director of the Military Spouse Program at Hiring Our Heroes; and Andrea Hutchins, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at Hiring Our Heroes.
Listen in as this week’s guests discuss why service members need to make a plan to leave the military before they want to leave the military and why the transition from military service to a civilian career may feel like you’re jumping off a cliff.
“It is absolutely different, but it’s so much the same at the same time. It’s a journey that they’ll have to go through to understand what is the same and what is different and be able to bring what is good from their backgrounds forward and leave behind the things that aren’t necessarily going to be helpful for them or needed to make that transition smoothly. It’s a crazy thing. It’s a jumping off a cliff kind of feeling for most folks.” – Kevin Burke, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton
“When I made that decision (to transition out of the Navy), there was still quite a bit of time ahead while I was still in uniform. So I made use of (that time) in my off-hours. It (transition) was like a second job. I treated it like a second job to learn about the industries and companies that I was interested in.” – Kevin Burke, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton
“It’s not an automatic. You don’t step out of a uniform and into a job just because you say ‘I’m no longer a Marine, sailor, airman, soldier or Coast Guardsman.’…It is a job finding a job and it’s a full-time job.” –Bonnie Amos, Toyota Personal Branding Ambassador
“This is really an important decision and it’s really important that you end up with the right company when you transition out. So, what we know is that if a spouse has a job before the service member separates, the service member is more likely to find that first right job.” – Elizabeth O’Brien, Senior Director of the Military Spouse Program at Hiring Our Heroes
“You don’t want that transition to be yet one more time that the spouse does whatever is needed to support you (the service member).” – Kevin Burke, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton
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