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36 Navy | Winter 2018 MILITARY TRANSITIONS T yping "military to civilian transition" in a web search engine will result in articles entitled "Vets Facing Difficult Transition to Civilian Jobs" and "e Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life." A comparison of a military career to that in the civilian workforce can show many differences. e military organization structure, jargon and career progression don't easily transfer into the corporate world. I've experienced both worlds and have had a great dual career as an executive at a global corpo- ration and as a captain in the U.S. Navy. I like to explain the differences by saying that in the military, everyone knows who is in charge when you are in a room. ere is a clear chain of command. In the civilian or corporate environment, you can have five senior vice pres- idents in a meeting, all from different departments, and no one with the power to make a final decision. at's a big cultural change. Many companies today are focused on helping support veterans. On Veterans Day 2017, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and the former second lady, Dr. Jill Biden, issued a press release titled "Too Many U.S. Service Members are Returning Home to Unemployment." e statement noted that "Veterans make excellent employees and business owners. In fact, the values that veterans bring to the table — character, leadership, teamwork, forti- tude — align exactly with the principles that make one successful in running a business." JPMorgan Chase has announced that it is investing $4.2 million to provide veterans greater access to capital, training and other services. First Data, a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, also is committed to the military community through its First Data Salutes program. ey provide career opportu- nities, education resources and business solutions for veteran-owned businesses. Not all transitioning veterans, however, may be aware of the resources available to them. For example, Hire Heroes USA is a nonprofit focused on providing employment services to transitioning veterans and military spouses. is includes individualized career coaching services such as resume and interview assis- tance, mock interviews and job sourcing. Networking is a crit- ical skill that veterans need to make the transitioning process easier. Veterati is a company using technology to help significantly improve the networking process for veterans. Co-founded by former Marine Daniel Rau and his wife, entrepreneur Diana (Tsai) Rau, Veterati is focused on solving the No. 1 chal- lenge facing service members coming home — finding a job. According to Veterati, there are 1.5 million transitioning veterans and 5.5 million mili- tary spouses who are unem- ployed or underemployed. Veterati is an innovative online platform that connects veterans with volunteer mentors. e free service matches data between veterans and potential mentors using a proprietary algorithm. Volunteer mentors include CEOs, recruiters, entrepreneurs, managers, veterans and civilians. It is an example of a technological innovation that can provide real solutions to transitioning military personnel. CAPT Scott Gibney, USN (Ret.), is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, an AUSN member and a 30-year U.S. Navy veteran. He and his wife, Susan, own a consulting company focused on college planning, career development and financial advising. He can be reached at Making the Move to the Civilian Workforce By CAPT Scot Gibney, USN (Ret.) MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS TAYLOR L. JACKSON Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) 1st Class Alexan- dria Baez, left, teaches Seaman Aysha Jordon how to navigate the Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) website in Pensacola, Fla., on Jan. 31. COOL provides active-duty and Reserve Sailors a way to map their Navy education, training, experience and competencies to civilian credentials and occupations.

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