Define Your End State
When preparing for your military-to-civilian transition war, you must first consider your end state: a set of required conditions that defines achievement. More than likely, succeeding in a new career is your end state. So, spend more time identifying what career you will pursue instead of searching for a job. Your first job is merely your first tactical objective leading to your end state.
In the military, an end state is a broad description of how things should look after a military operation. It is guided by your vision and defines the conditions for success. Defining a desired end state provides the essential focus even when things don’t go as planned.
When you use that thinking in your military-to-civilian transition preparation, your end state will orient you even if your application or interviews don’t go as planned. So if you don’t get
selected for a specific job or hired by a desired company, you can keep moving in the right direction.
Your personal career end state should have a “long-term” view.
TIPS FOR DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER END STATE
- Look beyond just successfully transitioning; that’s only the first step toward your new career end state.
- Don’t just orient on your first job after transition; that is too shallow of a focus.
Despite terrific veteran unemployment statistics at the end of 2019, those veterans who did not prepare for combat and who had a short-term view confronted greater challenges.
Recent statistics confirm this:
Veteran underemployment was rampant: Between 1/4 and 1/3 of newly hired veterans were underemployed (nearly 16% higher than their non-veteran peers).
Veteran turnover was high: Nearly 50% of newly hired veterans left their first job within the first year; nearly 70% in 18 months.
Veteran retention was poor: Around 15% of newly hired veterans remained in their first job.
Defining your career end state will help you reduce uncertainty in your military-to-civilian transition. It
will also increase your flexibility during this difficult and challenging time. And, it will help you keep focused
on what’s important – achieving your fullest potential, being sufficiently challenged and professionally satisfied.