After making the decision to leave active duty and go back to my national guard duties I’ve realized a lot of things. First, I thought getting out would be a good thing, and if possible, I wanted to get out completely and had no desire to continue to retire. Three months of sitting at the house and not getting a business up and running as it needed to be makes you re-think your decisions.
I started VetCareerBlog as 50% my personal experience and 50% a guide to making that transition from Military to Civilian. After over 100 jobs applied for in less than 2 months, I’ve realized I made some huge mistakes that could have landed me a great job right after leaving. However, a job wasn’t on my mind, a business was. That was the first mistake, which I’ll dive into later. I was going to be a successful stay-at-home-dad business owner. After spending 3 months of doing that I was completely burnt out and frankly, I didn’t enjoy it one bit. I probably spent less time with my family while working from home than I did going to a normal job. On top of that, if I didn’t make money that day I felt guilty for spending time with my family.
I’ve had a blog or two before, specifically to make money. This is not that kind of blog. There will be no schedule and probably no commitment, just a whenever I feel like doing it kinda thing. I won’t advertise here either. At the most, you can subscribe to the blog to you are emailed when I publish something. Other than that, you won’t expect much marketing out of me. Just sharing my thoughts.
Over the course of whenever, I want to share these mistakes and give my advice on how to make the transition smoothly, into whatever career field you are interested in. Even if you are looking to go into business full time after leaving the military. I’m not perfect, nor am I some kind of career counselor, I’m just a guy who made some mistakes and learned from them so I thought it would be helpful to share with others so they don’t make the same mistakes.
My main focus it to provide some insight on the transition and maybe one day this documented experience will help someone.