When Experience Doesn’t Count

A report on veterans’ transition concentrating on Clarksville and Nashville, Tenn., warns age and length of service “is a significant obstacle” for some soldiers looking for their first private-sector job because older troops have been removed longer from civilian culture. “Some individuals who entered the military directly from high school often lacked the breadth of experience to see the parallels between their military experiences and civilian workforce needs,” says the report by Fred Mael of Mael Consulting and Coaching.

What to watch: The ability to show planning and forethought—such knowing where you are going to live after leaving the Army and having longer-term professional goals—is a way to avoid the culture gap. Regularly networking with recent retirees who can provide coaching on cultural differences can also help, Mael writes.


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