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A civilian job after military life may sound easy at first. There are no early-morning PT sessions and formations, so a regular 9-to-5 job may seem like a dream. But giving up the discipline, organization, and skills you learned in the military will not do you any favors in civilian life. Veterans will be more successful if they approach a civilian job with the same high level of work ethic they were taught in the military.
That's the advice of Jacob Leonard, a former Marine who now works as an accountant at Exelon, supporting the company's nuclear energy generation division.
"Don't drop your pack," he says. "You just can't give up after the military. A lot of veterans go that way, then they lose that sense of belonging."
Companies of all shapes and sizes, in a variety of sectors, depend on complicated machinery, electrical and nuclear equipment, housed within expansive facilities to reach their business objectives. When these pieces of equipment or facilities fail, skilled professionals are needed to fix them.
According to a report by Forbes, there will be over one million cybersecurity job openings in 2016. Cybersecurity is a thriving market that is continuing to expand — it’s expected to grow from its current $75 billion a year to $170 billion by 2020. These jobs are highly lucrative, steady, and have excellent upward mobility potential. There are currently 209,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the United States alone, and demand is rising. Check out these seven Hirepurpose partners that are actively hiring veterans to fill these essential and rewarding roles.
Veterans who have been trained to work in energy-related fields will find themselves in high demand in the civilian world. Over the next 10 years, experts are predicting that approximately 62% of the workers in energy may retire or leave their jobs, including 110,000 employees in the most critical roles: line workers, technicians, plant and field operators, and engineers. As with all sectors, energy also requires skilled employees with marketing, administration, and sales expertise.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter Shinn
Many energy companies have a high demand for those who possess the experience and technical skill to work with the processes and people that make their industries tick. Due to the nature of defense, many veterans have a familiarity with how energy is created, managed, and distributed and will find their skills transferable into exciting and lucrative positions in the private sector.