Veterans bring a unique combination of skills, knowledge, and discipline to the civilian workforce. Most employers would leap at the chance to hire a veteran. Yet, veterans still face systemic obstacles when finding work after the military. Many of these difficulties can be narrowed down into three main challenge areas:
- Lack of planning or poor timing
- Insufficient networking, industry connections, and mentorship
- The cultural shift from active-duty service to a civilian work setting
Thankfully, these are also areas that can be addressed and improved upon, setting veterans up for a successful and rewarding career post-active duty. At ECS, we understand the needs of veterans in the workforce. In fact, 21 percent of our employees are veterans, and with our robust training and education programs, ECS helps veterans develop successful careers in cyber, cloud, engineering, data science, and artificial intelligence.
In fact, by law service members are permitted to begin working while on terminal leave, including with the Civil Service, with contractors, or with the private sector under certain active duty limitations. That means with careful planning and timing, it’s possible to receive paychecks from multiple sources and begin getting comfortable in a new work setting during terminal leave.
- Building up their presence on career-oriented social networking sites, such as LinkedIn
- Connecting with recently separated veterans who can provide valuable insights into the transition
- Forming mentor-mentee relationships with industry professionals
VETERAN SUCCESS AT ECS
Succeeding in the civilian workforce can feel like an uphill battle for many veterans, but it doesn’t have to. By taking proactive steps to address the challenge areas we’ve listed here, veterans can secure a more successful and rewarding career post-active duty. By choosing ECS, they can continue the mission by helping protect some of the world’s most sensitive and complex networks.
Interested in leveraging your military skills and experience to build a career with ECS? Check out our Veterans Job Center.
Veterans Job Center
Finding a path after the military can seem daunting, but we help veterans build successful and fulfilling careers in cyber, cloud, engineering, analytics, and more. Over 20 percent of ECS employees have served in the Armed Forces—join us.