When you separate from military service, it can feel like the end of an era and the end of a career. It’s easy to start thinking in terms of the end of things, but separating also opens up so many possibilities. I’ve got potential career paths to pursue after military service. As a veteran you have a wide skill set and plenty of experience for many different roles. I love brainstorming and these are great career ideas to consider for when you separate from the military, be it due to retirement or after your contract is up.
Whether you have a degree or not, you can qualify as a financial advisor when you finish military service. If you have transferable skills from your service, you might be able to enter a consultant role right away; otherwise, you might have to join a firm or obtain a college degree.
Financial advisors help families, individuals, and businesses create financial goals for a year or longer term. They then create a plan to help them reach their goals. Financial plans can include things like savings plans, retirement plans, and various tax strategies for capital gain.
Physical training in the military is second to none; if you’ve finished your service recently, you are well placed to start a new career as a personal trainer. Personal trainers need to be in excellent physical condition, but they also need to be qualified to work in certain places.
If you’re interested in starting a new career as a personal trainer, check out CPT certification. This is the qualification that gives you the competence to train individuals in various disciplines, such as advanced sports nutrition, sport-specific instructor, stretching instructor, or personal training.
Swap national security for local security when you come back from military service, and you’ll be received with open arms. The reason is that military personnel are probably the best-qualified individuals to serve and protect in a variety of security roles, both online and offline.
If you go for some offline security work, you can find employment in areas such as security stewardship, law enforcement, site security services, and personal escort services. In addition, online security roles comprise security analysts that require some IT knowledge.
Military personnel also make excellent management consultants. In the military, service members are trained to be highly organized, efficient, and take on different levels of supervisory positions. Therefore, plenty of transferable skills can be deployed effectively in management and consultancy roles after they leave.
Like a financial advisor, a management consultant communicates with an individual, business, or company to determine the aims of reducing costs, increasing revenue, and improving efficiencies. They then work with clients to create plans that achieve desirable outcomes.
Technology Based Careers
If you are ready to end your military service and you want to try something a bit different and perhaps unrelated, you might do well as a software developer. Software developers work with clients to identify business requirements and liaise with colleagues to deliver software results.
The role of a software developer is usually well paid. It might be suitable for a veteran because it requires systematic thinking and approaches that are quite common in various military roles. However, coding skills are required, which might need to be learned.