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Asking Questions

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A servicemember will leave what they perceive as a "security blanket" and may view transition as a leap into the completely unknown. Overcoming the unknown by consistently asking questions throughout the entirety of your journey will equip you with the pertinent knowledge to have a successful transition. We encourage veterans to continually seek and explore every opportunity that may present itself. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing the following insights related to asking questions.

Assumptions

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Many assumptions are made as a servicemember eventually considers transitioning to the civilian sector. We offer a few reminders of some common assumptions that an individual should be prepared for. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing the following insights related to assumptions.

Challenges

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Transitioning servicemembers still face many unique challenges after an exceptional career in uniform. While many veterans have faced a multitude of challenges during their military service, many would agree that transitioning can be one of the most overwhelming. We encourage veterans to power through these challenges by goal-setting, identifying life decision points and potential career paths in order to develop a passionate pursuit of a meaningful career. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing the following insights related to challenges.

Finding The Right Fit

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The cultural difference between that of the military and the corporate world pose potential barriers that may reduce a veteran's confidence during transition. Many servicemembers have been accustomed to working as a collective unit for a collective mission in the service. We encourage veterans to seek the resources to once again self-identify and understand their unique and personal value that may have been overlooked during the rigors of military professional development. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing the following insights related to culture.

Imagination

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Many transitioning servicemembers face an imagination gap that may inhibit focused action towards the realm of the possible. We encourage veterans to broaden their aperture in imagination in order to rethink and redefine what is possible as well as setting sights and goals even higher rather than aiming simply for what they know or what seems clear. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing the following insights related to imagination.

Interviews

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Interviewing can be a misconception where transitioning servicemembers assume to answer questions only as it relates to the organization they are interested in. Many times, simply sharing your story as it relates to the subject is sufficient to showcase ability. We encourage veterans to view this opportunity to ask candid questions in order to make more informed decisions. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing the following insights related to interviews.

Key Advice

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Many veterans have experienced various challenges while transitioning from military life to the civilian sector. While there is no shortage of advice and every journey is unique, we encourage veterans to consistently seek advice from those who best represent their interests. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing the following insights related to key advice.

Lessons Learned

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There is much to be gained by allowing yourself to be a little vulnerable during transition. You will find that doing so provides an opportunity to learn more from mistakes and builds the flexibility to adjust from initial expectations. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing the following insights.

Network

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Many veterans underestimate the power of networking and the value of developing relationships well before making plans to leave the service. We encourage veterans to put their best foot forward by harnessing the power of networks and building relationships early in their transition to create opportunities that otherwise might not be readily available at separation. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing the following insights related to networking.

Personal Experience

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There is much to be said of the value of insights gleaned from others' experiences. The transition from military to civilian life is not just another obstacle but rather a journey that may consist of failures and successes. We encourage veterans to maintain a growth mindset and view their transition as a continual process of learning and refining from experiences that lead to a meaningful post-military career. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing the following insights related to personal experience.

Reflections

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Military servicemembers can give themselves very little to no time to reflect on experiences that are highly valued in the civilian sector. We encourage veterans to take the time and effort to translate these skill sets as they pursue meaningful work post military. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing the following insights related to reflections.

Serendipity

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We aim to create serendipity for men and women separating from the uniformed services and entering the professional civilian world. As veterans face the three gaps of information, confidence, and imagination while leaving the military, COMMIT recognizes the importance of providing quality individualized assistance in navigating new paths and tapping into civilian networks. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing experiences related to serendipity.

Veteran Transition

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The COMMIT Foundation is changing the way veterans and the private sector think about military transition. The transition from exceptional service in uniform to civilian life is an enormous step. We encourage veterans to take deliberate steps in identifying their purpose in order to drive continued success post military service. Since 2012, COMMIT has gleaned a tremendous amount of insight and lessons from its programs and we are committed to sharing insights related to veteran transition.