Courtesy of Sean Wilkins

“My first day of ROTC at the University of New Hampshire was Sept. 11, 2001,” Sean Wilkins said. “I was scared. I had no idea what was going to happen.” Wilkins, who served in the U.S. Army for eight years, learned several valuable lessons about himself in that time, and about his passion for helping others.

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U.S. Army photo

If you served in the military but are not quite sure how your skills will translate to the civilian world, focus on the discipline, problem-solving, and leadership skills that you learned from the start of your time in service.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

Every veterans above the rank of E-1 has had some leadership experience. When you join the civilian sector, some companies have management training programs that take your existing leadership skills and help you apply them to a new industry. You have what these companies are looking for.

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U.S. Air Force photo

Like any ship, building, ground vehicle or aircraft, corporate America needs individuals schooled in the art and science of maintenance. 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. These 10 Hirepurpose partners are military-friendly companies with openings across the country — and are well-suited for veterans who underwent electrical, mechanical, or facilities maintenance training while in the service.

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Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Joe Kane

Transitioning from the military is no small task and many decisions need to be made during the process. A few of the most important questions to ponder are: “Will I continue in the field I am in?” or “Am I ready to take on a new challenge?” Whether you served four years or 30, leaving the military may be just the right time to take on a whole new adventure in a completely different field, or use your experience to work your way up in the same field but new company.

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